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Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo July 11th 2014

Well, I’m sitting here on my last night in Flores, as a huge blood-red sun slowly dips behind a distant volcano that billows clouds of smoke and scores of gorgeous tropical islands slowly disappear into the night. Admittedly it’s been a rather short holiday, but a truly wonderful one none the less… After a brief stopover in Bali (which literally consisted of a plate of mee goreng, a couple of cold beers, a few hours of sleep and a rather bleary-eyed watching of the World Cup with an Estonian deckhand and a chain-smoking Balinese security guard) I boarded a small plane for the trip to Flores. Named Capa de Flores, or Cape of Flowers, by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century, Flores is a gorgeously verdant little strip of land, a few islands to the east ... read more
The World Cup - Flores-style
Like a plate of mee - screenshot of the Transflores Highway on Googlemaps
Two of the three lakes at Kelimutu

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo May 10th 2014

Having been addicted to Animal Planet and Nat Geo as a child, I was very excited to visit some of the amazing wildlife Indonesia has got to offer, particularly the Komodo Dragons. I must have seen dozens of shows about them growing up, and there was no way I was going to come to Indonesia without visiting Flores, Komodo and Rinca – three of the islands that are inhabited by Komodo Dragons. I went there a little over a month ago; I just didn’t get around too writing my blog until now. So I’ll see what I can remember – here goes! I flew to Labuan Bajo, West Flores, and I arrived there in the afternoon. I got an ojek (motorcycle taxi) from the airport to my hotel. I stayed at a hotel called the CF ... read more
Labuan Bajo at night
Leaving Flores
This guy was pissed!

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo November 18th 2013

Yes!! I completed the whole boat trip without any sea sickness! Time to celebrate with a shower (first one in 4 days, washing in the sea is not quite the same) some proper food and a Bintang. Paradise bar was certainly that with its burgers and reggae band. The plan when we were on land, well I wanted to explore Flores for a few days, which unfortunately meant saying goodbye to Hilka after an amazing 3 weeks of being together. Had such a good time with her and definitely made a friend for life. The most refreshing thing about her, was her positive outlook in everything but in a very realistic way. It was infectious and a lot of people could benefit from being around her for a few days. Lots of laughter, lots of stories ... read more
Day 3 on the boat...one of my favourite views
Scooting around Flores
Canyon

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Rinca September 14th 2013

Selamat Malam, Leben und Sterben, Verrotten und Gedeihen, man sollte dieser Insel den Schönheispreis verleihen. Drachen, Bäume,Blumen,lachen .......Auf dem Weg durch Flores und Rinca begegne ich guten Menschen, bösen Tieren und den schlechtesten Hauptverkehrsstraßen meines Lebens. Infrastruktur, was ist das? Straßen was ist das? Ist es möglich einen Highway Highway zu nennen wenn es eigentlich ein Downway bzw. ein Slowway ist?Es ist nicht leicht das grausame Strassenbild floretinischer Straßen wiederzugeben. Schlaglöcher, ich meine hier kann man schon gar nicht mehr von Loch sprechen. Eher Mondkrater,Zierteiche oder Opalmienen trifft es am wahrscheinlichsten, man kennt die Löcher ohne Boden im Outback Australiens... Vor einer Kurve, hinter einer Kurve, während einer Kurve und eigentlich mehr Löcher als KURVEN. Kurven die sich ängstlich an den Steilhang schmiegen, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa September 2nd 2013

Selamat Malam, Tage verschwimmen die Uhr läuft rückwärts,Alice und der Hase verfolgen mich bei Tagträumen, keine Zeit fürs Leben mein Träumer...keine Zeit du bist 28.....Schaffe, schaffe Häusle baue. Wochentage ergeben einen unzulänglichen Einheitsbrei DiFrSa, SoDoMo und spielen keine Rolle mehr. Zeit? Eine Uhr ? Hab ich schon seit Jahren aus meinem Leben verbannt, muss ja auf meinen Blutdruck achten... Was ist das, Zeit?In einem schwarzen Loch der Gravitation ausgesetzt, verzerrt, verschwunden,verbannt? Lebenszeit was ist das? Arbeitszeit? Was ist das? Muss ich mich 40 Jahre abrackern? Für eine läppische Rente, die private Altersvorsorge nicht vergessend, um in meinem Eigenheim auf den Tod zu warten?Das Kreuz kaputt, die Seele taub, die Augen blind!Nun ja immerhin könnte ich mir eine hübsche junge polnische Altenpflegerin leisten und ihr, mit meinen alten Knochen, so... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo July 30th 2013

After spending the first leg of my journey on the brash, glitzy and flamboyant island of Bali, I made my way east to the neighbouring island of Lombok. Though separated only by an hour long boat ride away (or if you're cheap like me and instead opted for the 5 hour slow boat), Lombok has a distinctly different feel, culture and attitude in comparison to Bali. Yes, it is also a Mecca for surfers, but if Bali is Veronica, Lombok would be Betty. Cute, quiet and unnecessarily overlooked in the shadow of Bali which in my opinion is more style than substance. My travel buddy Patrick and I made our way to the town of Kuta (not to be confused with the party town in Bali) which consists largely of one main street lined with small ... read more
My glamorous cruise ship for the next 4 nights
Overlooking the bay from our morning hike.
Fun with waterfalls

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa May 15th 2013

Today we set out from Ruteng, originally planning to try to make it all the way to Ende, the largest city on Flores, or Moni, a small town near our final roadtrip goal of Mt. Kilimutu and the colored crater lakes. We changed our plans when we realized it was going to take too long and there were some other orange crater lakes at Wawo Muda, outside Bajawa, that we also wanted to check out, and it seemed a much more reasonable goal for the day. Tomorrow we will set out as early as possible for the lakes, and then see how far towards Moni we are able to get. Our ride today was rather eventful. For one, we stopped to rest our asses and stretch our legs next to a school in an unknown village ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Flores April 11th 2013

Makassar The Pondok Suada Indah Hotel in Makassar has become our basecamp more or less. They begin to know us. 'Hey Linda, hey Andre, back again?', says the man at the reception. We like it here and also the Galeal foodcourt around the corner and the terraces at the Jalan Penghibur along the sea. Fort Rotterdam with its old Dutch colonial buildings gives us even a feeling of home. 'The governor came from Rotterdam; that is why it is called Fort Rotterdam', tells our guide. His name is Matthew van der Sar and I see some Dutch traits in his face. He tells that the fort was the administrational center for East Indonesia. 'The spices came in here and were stocked before they went oversea to Holland.' He is talking so much, that I hardly can ... read more
Near the Gua Leang Leang Caves
One of the caves
The drawings are 5000 years old

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo March 22nd 2013

After having booked for three dives the previous days, I woke up early in the morning and headed out to the "Divine Diving" shop. There I met the two Indonesians who would be our guides that day – Juffens and Hila. The other divers that day were Bruno and Josette, a Swiss couple in their mid-sixties and Nick and Sofie, a Dutch couple about my age. The first thing to do was go to an office in the harbor and pay the 95.000 IDR entrance to the Komodo National Park (valid for 3 days) and then get on a small boat that would take us to the dive boat. We had a full Indonesian crew that day: the guides and the 4 people that worked on the boat. The boat was very similar to the one ... read more
Leaving Labuan Bajo
Divers
On the way to dive

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Labuanbajo July 29th 2012

We're currently at the Gardana Hotel in Maumere awaiting our flight tomorrow morning back to Bali. Karate Kid 3 is on TV and Will Smith's son is currently tied with the China man 1-1. We have finished a whirlwind tour of Flores in a little over a week. This is absolutely not enough time to do the island justice, but we were here mainly for the diving, so seeing bits and pieces of the rest of the island was purely a bonus. After the dive trip ended, we spent a night in Labuanbajo on which we had a very romantic Italian dinner. The rule for eating Western food was broken as Crab had a rough stomach for most of the boat ride and we were craving a taste of something not fried...plus, the place had a ... read more
Damn Monkeys
The Silvery Lake
The Chocolate Lake




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