The long SLOG! Fffffff FLORES......!!!!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 247 ;

This morning was pretty cool, whilst they slept I went to sit our in the garden and drink some coffee, play a little guitar, after not long I was joined by firstly one bloke, then the girls working there, then later another bloke, both if them played guitar, so it was pretty cool, we all sat around at different points, sometimes just me and the first bloke, then everyone together, he played I played the other bloke came along and played and the girls all sang, they brought us out some local breakfasts - fresh fruit, tahu and a spicy sate sauce, it was all good fun, there all so nice, I just get a little embarrassed when they ask me to sing songs - they don't care, they don't seem to have embarrassment, even if they're not great at singing they don't care they just crack on...

Had our bus tickets booked outa here, had to waste the day in mc donalds using the free WiFi and sitting in the garden at the place we had stayed, they unlike the last place wanted 10pounds for 5 hours, the time went quickly and it was a nice day so no complaining Yet!

Got picked up first as promised by the guy who we brought the tickets of, all seemed to good to be true and it was.

The journey began with two hours of picking people up, that added with the throwing box after box into what little space we had was not a good.

The driver was a little mental with a road rage issue, we had two near head ons in the first part of the journey, and just missed hitting a bike by millimetres.

The roads seem to be full of mini buses and big buses that seem to all go to the same place at all hours, I don't know if the big buses are super charged or something but they fly, so the whole way was like being a participant in a rally race, just buses instead of cars very scary!

The rest of the journey continued in pretty much the same way, got on the ferrie just a banged up ol tub and at some point after that I think we all drifted off into sleep land for a few minutes...finally....!!!

Day 248 ;

After speaking to the driver at around 1am he told us that we would arrive at Bali airport at 9am, after already spending 8 hours in the back of a mini bus with the most uncomfortable seats on the bumpiest roads with Mr Erratic at the wheel, ow and no sleep, we all became a little grumpy, it didn't get any better, bums got number backs got sore but we managed to get about an hours sleep at some point.
We did arrive earlier than expected so at 6 we arrived at the airport 15hrs after we left melang.

We managed to get on the next flight to flores, sat around for 6 more hours until we heard Phils name over the speakers and then made our way to the plane, last on the plan, woops, got a chauffeured over though, and we were all a little shocked - a plane with propellers....!!!!!!ahhhhh!!!!
A bit more sleep and woke up just in time to see the view, from the plane was pretty nice seeing all the islands and the blue blue waters, one good thing about being on the plane last and having seats at the back we spent a lot less time on it and we were first off, so all in all pretty good!!!!!

Got a bloke to take us from airport to find a room, got a really nice place right on the beach, just a shame we won't be here long enough to enjoy.
The drivers are all fixers as well so we got a price from jack to do everything we wanted, just to make sure we headed into the town to get another price as well, jack ended up driving past and giving us a lift back to the hotel, went through our plans one more time and then booked it, its going to break the bank a bit, 4.9million but we are only here once.....
All so tired just made some sandwiches and went to bed nice early start tomorrow.
Had to use the last if my marmite, thank you to, Lauren,George,Lisa !!!!!!! It's all gone now, don't know what I'll do!!! And we should definitely have cheese in a tin at home too!!!!
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