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... me by for the past few days I assumed are the local buses. The ones you are paying a small fee for the short ride. In fact, this track is nothing but a free ride for hitchhikers, which we ended up using up to Makale city. No fee had been taken from us. On the way people wanting to go same direction as us were jumping in and jumping off of it whenever it was their stop.
But the biggest difference in hitchhiking that I have noticed was, whoever ...
... in our ears, the karsts began to loom over us and the vegetation sprawled out across the river, giving me the feeling that we were entering Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. The river took us through small caves and under simple but effective bamboo bridges, used by the locals to get from one segmented area of land to another. As the boat pulled up to the little wooden dock, we were met with a spectacular sight; a beautiful, enclosed valley surrounded by towering ...
... the way from there to Rantepao in Tora Toraja but despite getting there by 10:40am i was told that there were no more buses heading there now until 8pm that evening! I thus found a local bus going to Pare Pare almost half way between the two, which only cost 25,000INR and took four hours including a half hour stop en-route for the driver and five passengers to go and pray at a mosque we passed on the ...
... are covered with nondescript black sand, not interesting in itself, but on closer examination there are strange creatures everywhere, and some of them really obscure and rare. We did a dive in Bitung harbor, our initial reaction being one of revulsion, as this is Indonesia and the bottom was strewn with litter. Amongst the trash in one five minute span we saw an octopus, a ribbon eel, pipefish and an orange frogfish that was exactly the same color as ...
Our trip started early with a 5a flight which left little time to sleep. As usual, the trip to the airport was quick at that ridiculous time in the morning but I'll do anything to get as much out of my vacation time as I can. The flight into Makassar, Sulewesi was okay but that's where the expected travel stopped temporarily. Mike and I knew that getting to the end of the hidden paradise would take a while but we hadn't expected the hiccups.
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