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During the day prior to our 8 pm departure, Boo and I just wandered around and outside the town. We happened to stumble upon some kind of festival going on outside of Labunbajo, but we could not quite figure out what was going on. Everyone would crowd around two guys dressed in traditional costumes, one holding a short whip and a shield, the other holding a long whip. They kind of danced around, approached each other and backed ...
... the light of day again like being transported through a portal we where back on the streets. Feeling hungry we jumped into a cab and headed to Lae Lae possibly the best seafood in Indonesia even the world, according to our out of date guide book. For once the guide book was right. We had grilled grouper and squid with cobek-cobek a chilli lime and shrimp paste samble. Absolutely mouthwateringly delicious. Bellies full we headed down to the sea front and walked along ...
... realm, so corpses are buried with belongings, and often in special graves in cliff faces or caves to discourage looting. Traditionally there are wooden effigies called Tau Tau on balconies to remind you who's inside. Most people are buried after death and then dug up when the proper amount of preparation and arrangements have been made, and then the second time is a big event. They also believe the souls of animals can accompany the dead to afterlife, so ...
... Makassar Mall which is a huge sprawling market with claustrophobic alleyways packed with wares. The people in the market were astounded by Ed for some reason, staring, laughing and pointing as he walked past. It was as if they had never seen a 6 foot 4 white man with a huge bushy beard, enormous curly hair and massive glasses before.
The next day we got up and caught a pete-pete, (small blue mini busses that you can flag down) to Terminal Daya where ...
Buntu (mtn) toarkojaya 1155meters.
About 6kms down the mtn on the way home we saw 2 plantation workers walking home in their wellies…that’s a tough life, walking @ least 12kms a day to & from work, to spend the whole day pickin coffee in the mtn fields! Tough ladies.
A trad toraja dinner consists of tons of pork & herbs slow cooked in bamboo, all washed down with a bamboo mug of palm wine.