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After my whaling experience I had a few days back in Flores to see a little more of the hill tribes and to get my life in order! Hiro took me on the back of his motorbike to some crazy hill top villages, the roads were so steep and stony that I had to get off and walk up most of the way! I wasn't sure which was the worst, walking up steep hills in the blazing heat or risking life and limb on the back of his bike! It was a great few days with lots of fun but I wanted ...
... people try to find the "Nyale". Before Pasola begins they have to find Nyale worms at the beach. And I heard from people they find skinny Nyale which means the farming season this year is not so good and people will starving.
Pasola warriors started the warming up from 07am to 09am at the beach. They had a break one hour before get into the real battle on 10.30am.
We headed back to hotel on 12pm as the sun burned our skins.
... a lot of stuff. I thought I fixed the Internet problems with my phone, but no luck.
Emily, Jeff, and I walked around last night after the Internet café – which was just a dirty place full of weird chain-smoking people staring at screens.
Around Waikabubak (and there were a few actually in Bali too), there are these large sculptures at every intersection that seem to serve no purpose. Some light up, like some kind of ...
... on motorbikes, following the shortcut track that winds through the bushy suburbs of the little city, via a rickety bamboo bridge over a stream. Along the way local boys and men act as volunteer traffic monitors, directing the stream of bikes at bottlenecks and hi-fiving Sheila and me as we pass, Two westerners on the back of ojeks in this part of town is a rare sight.
Andreas lives in a spartan concrete house that he has built himself. ...
... the Sumban wilderness via a narrow gravel road that traverses mountains, before dropping down into jungle filled valleys. After three hours driving we get our first glimpse of Tarimbang from high up on the mountain road. It looks stunning.
Tarimbang village is a collection of traditional houses, rice fields and groves of palm trees. There are no facilities here - no shops, petrol stations, restaurants or wifi - but there is Marthens Homestay, the only guesthouse ...