Staying in the nun house
Trip Start Sep 24, 2009
69Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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In Ruteng, we went to a place that we found in the Lonely Plant guide, but they were full. They suggested we stay at another place – and I wasn't sure at first if he was saying 'the nut house’ or the ‘nun house’. Either way, it sounded … interesting. We were told that it was nice and clean, but I wasn’t holding my breath.
Well – it turns out if was a nun’s convent – and this was by far the nicest accommodation we had in all of Flores
We found a nice little restaurant for dinner – Agape Café. They roast their own coffee, and I couldn’t resist ordering a ‘Coffee Hot Chocolate’. Yum – this was the best mocha ever!
For most travellers, Ruteng is really just a place to stop for the night, to break up the journey – which is what we did. But we found the people here to be some of the nicest people that we met. There were many young students who very politely would come up to us and say "Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you but I would like to ask you your name (or where you are going)". They really just wanted to practice their English. And when we stopped to ask directions, we had 3 different lots of people walk us to the places that we were looking for.
The next day, back at the convent, we woke to the lovely sounds of choir singing. It sure beats the motorbikes, honking bemos and roosters!