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... tomorrow. It didn’t take us long to find Captain Bobby – we got talking prices and he seemed pretty reasonable (400,000Rp - $40 NZD) for the day – deal done and with that it was back to the Hotel. The hotel was actually not that bad and surprisingly it offered wifi so after some tea we had the chance to skype our parents – lovely to hear them and sounds like everyone is getting excited for Christmas. Bed time beckoned and we were all in bed for 9pm – whoop ...
... latest one erupted in 2001. I walked around the small town and took a few photos of the friendly local people and watched some volleyball games in the center of town. Some other type of activity like a parade was going on, but I don't really know what it was for. It was a school parade of some sort, I think.
There are a coupe of Catholic Churches in this mostly Christian town and one what I think was a Muslim Temple.
Across from the small hotel where ...
... anything we have seen in Indonesia so far. In some ways, it reminded us a bit of the Flintstones! Once we entered Beno, Alfons directed us to the guest sign in book and told us we need to make a small donation. After this, we were free to walk around and take pictures.
Beno, and the other traditional villages we learned later, is based on the binary opposites of male and female. They have symbolic structures to represent males and different ones to ...
... what little indonesian we know we said 'lima lima'. Meaning 5000 each. Turned out this wasn't translated very well and when we got to the hotel he wanted 50,000. We only had 30,000 on us. Thankfully, he laughed and accepted.
Our mission when we got to Labuan Bajo was to arrange our boat trip to Komodo and Rinca. It was a rather hectic afternoon visiting lots of travel agents. They were all about the same price so we started asking more information.We had ...
The gloss of finding paradise lost is starting to lose it's lustre due to the headache of travelling from place to place. The morning started off ok. We hired a motorbike and went for a drive to a traditional local village which was highlighted as a must see in the area. Nestled in a clearing in the jungle underneath the shadow of a volcano was the small village of Bena. Home to nine clans where two lines of thatched roof huts surround a central burial ...