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Travel Blogs from Makassar
... stopping out front to pose for photos with some nice Indonesian ladies I headed inside.
A 21 year old student came up to me and asked if I minded if he walked around the Fort with me. He wanted to practice his English and hangs out at the Fort after school to meet tourists.
Of course I didn't mind, so he showed me around the fort while we ate banana chips and chatted about our lives and our families.
The Fort was full of young Indonesian tourists, so I ...
... attitude, it seems healthy..... until you are paying them to be serious and they can't manage it. They are serious about you paying THEM though. The peninsula is only 25 miles wide here but getting from one side to the other takes half a day. Getting anywhere in Sulawesi takes much longer than you think it will. We met a Spaniard named Ines heading in the same direction as us and she would become our traveling companion for the whole of our time on ...
... Sulawesi and put Dutch Colonial Forts on hold we decided to take the night bus from Makassar to Rantepao. No point beating around the bush! Makassar is busy, big and ugly enough to wait. Long day - started around 6am and still travelling. Best night bus ever - the seats are like beds and really comfortable (nice cushions and blanket provided). Catching some zzzz's Rantepao in the morning! AWESOME ...
... but we're still trying to figure it out. Rice (locally called nasi) is the norm in most of Indonesia and most meals are centered around it.
Makassar is very Muslim and the prayer song is amplified everywhere five times a day. It's usually very pretty and certainly a reminder that we're far from home, but at 5AM we both prefer to be asleep. :)
After being woken at 5AM by the megaphones, we heard loud and persistent knock on our door at ...
... decided to plod on and
arranged to go and stay on a small tropical Island about ten miles
Sounds idyllic except
of course for the wind and rain. The one good day when we managed to
snorkel the reef which was just off shore was amazing with huge fish
and pristine coral.
Eventually our time in
Indonesia drew to a close and as I am typing this entry we are on an
aircraft, Bangkok bound.