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Oh Cecilia

I met Cecilia after a few hours trekking down from Kelimutu back to home in Moni. Amazingly she had not heard the song that had been written about her. I know! So I played her the Simon and Garfunkel classic and she gave me Betel Nuts in thanks. Its the chewing of these that turns her mouth red, and the nuts have more cultural significance as you head east towards Sumba.
To The Cape Of Flower via Sape, then Bajawa

April 5th 2007
Like the navigator Antonio de Abreu before me I headed East across the arphicalego, towards the Cabo das Flores Instead of searching for Sandalwood I was looking for Komodo Dragons and coloured volcanic lakes. For currency I carried Indonesian Rupiah, whereas the Makassasrese before me would have used Gold, or maybe even elephant tusk. Flores had definitely seen changes. Six-foot Satellite ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Flores

Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
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