Homestay in Moni

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 15, 2008

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Jan 27, 2007 Moni Flores

At the Gardena Hotel in Maumere we met a man who said he was the owner of Palms Homestay Bungalows in Moni. We promised we'd stay at his place, he seemed nice. On our trip to Moni our tour car had a flat tire. Everyone piled out and we had chance to take a good look at the three remaining bald tires anyone of which could go next on this rocky and pocked road. The driver and his helper let the spare down and it was flat too. So we waited by the side of the road while a passing motorcycle carried the spare off to be inflated. While we were sitting by the roadside a young man on a motorcycle stopped and asked where we were staying and we told him the Palm Homestay Bungalos. His name was Ryan and he said he was the owner. We were to see a lot more of him but we never figured out who was the real owner of the Palm Homestay. In all three young men claimed they were the owners and that they were brothers. Anyway, just outside Moni he met the bus and took our bags to a bungalo where we ended up staying for two nights. Rp100,000/nite. [GPS 08 45.382S 121 51.432E]

After we were settled in Ryan lead us down the mountain side to a stream, not far from the bungalows, where it cascades down a smooth shelf of rock into a pool just right for bathing. We let the cool mountain stream carry us down into the pool over and over and then just lounged in the pool until we were totally in love with the place.

Later that evening we ordered packets of food for a picnic along with a bootleg bottle of tuak, a local drink distilled from palm wine, and Ryun took us on his motor bike to a volcanic hot spring pool where we almost forgot the Pelni boat and the rough bus ride here to Moni. Ryan has offered to be our guide through the rest of Flores until we get to Labuan Bajo on the west coast. He said we can pay him what ever we want. We've all became very good friends. We just have to pay for his transportation, feed him, lodge him, and keep him supplied with cigarettes. He'll also show us how to use the cheap local buses.
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