Sep 17, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
. Bill and I were finally escorted to our room, up a flight of rough stone steps. The room is very, very basic. There is a gorgeous view of the harbor from a little private terrace which is apparently where we'll be served breakfast in the a.m. After hanging out in our room, we decided to walk down to the harbor and see about some lunch. We turned right as we left the hotel when we should have turned left and ended up taking the long way into town, along very dusty, curvy roads with at times heavy traffic. Once we reached the base of the hill, we passed lots of local shops as well as a soccer field with a game in full swing. After more walking we found a tour operator (Perama Tours) that had been recommended to us by Adrian, called Perama Tours. We set up our activity for tomorrow--2-hour boat ride to Rinca (pronounced Reen-cha) Island to see the dragons followed by lunch on the boat and some snorkeling fun. We're getting picked up at 7:45 and will be returned to the hotel at 4 p.m. Right now we are plopped in big bean bag chairs at a harborside restaurant, kicking back with papaya juice and Coca cola. Looking forward to dinner then an early bedtime. Will update more after our adventures tomorrow!
Just a quick note to let you all know we made it safe and sound to Flores and the harbor town of Labuanbajo. The airport at Denpasar (Bali) was packed and hot and our flight was late, but at least it wasn't cancelled. We flew on a twin engine turbo-prop plane that was quite noisy, but we had ear plugs for the 90 minute flight. We were met by someone from the hotel and transport was uneventful. It felt about 25 degrees hotter here than Ubud and really dry. We shared the hotel vehicle with another guest, a German medical doctor on vacation from his UN job in East Timor. Once we got to the hotel, we were directed up a long stone ramp to "reception" which was just a table and chairs under some thatch. There were dogs laying around, children appearing and disappearing, really casual. The proprietor, Adrian, met us and we were invited to take a seat. He started chatting about all sorts of things, none of which had to do with checking us into our room. After glasses of iced tea and more discussion on subjects as varied as the local water shortage, the presence of Muslims in the coastal villages, malaria problems, dengue fever, Komodo dragons, etc