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Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa April 1st 2010

Si l'aventure vous intéresse et que vous êtes un peu masochiste des transports et bien, les transports publiques qui parcourent la "Trans-Flores Highway" pourraient vous plaire grandement. Tout est possible sur cette route qui zigzague sur des centaines de kilomètres d'un bout à l'autre de l'ile. Pour ceux qui ont le cœur sensible ou qui sont en train d'avaler leur repas, abstenez-vous des prochaines lignes. Plus souvent qu'autrement, nous avons l'impression d'être en chute libre ou de dévaler ce qui ressemble au dernier cri en matière de montagnes russes. Là, ou les choses deviennent encore plus intéressantes, c'est lorsque nous constatons que plusieurs passagers demandent au chauffeur des sacs de plastique. Quelques passagers sont incapables de retenir leur dernier repas et nous offrent un spectacle qui déstabilise aussitôt l'estomac des autres plus résistants jusque là. Il ... read more
Bajawa, Flores, Indonesie
Bajawa, Flores, Indonesie
Bajawa, Flores, Indonesie

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa November 28th 2009

27 November 2009 - 30 November 2009 TRANSPORT: Ruteng to Aimere by bus--Rp30,000 (3 hours) Aimere to Bajawa by "travel"--Rp30,000 (1 hour) Bus Terminal to Hotel by bemo--Rp5,000 HOTEL: Edelweis Double, cold water, western toilet--Rp125,000 inc breakfast Very friendly place. The downside is the breakfast which was poor. Nice location. Recommended! TOUR: Full day village tour by motorbike--Rp150,000 inc guide and petrol. Leaving the grotty little town of Ruteng, we headed further east to the next major stop in the village of Bajawa. First we had to get there, which was never going to be simple. We got a lift with John and Fiona (a couple from the Perama Tour), who were going across Flores by private car. They dropped us off at the "bus terminal", which actually meant waiting at the side of the road ... read more
Ruteng
Ruteng to Aimere
Ruteng to Aimere

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa October 8th 2008

I could have filled a suitcase with all what I failed to pack: a sweater, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, razor and lotion, a swimsuit, sunscreen, translation dictionary and travel diary whose pages I could fill with all the sidetrips I forfeited either for lack of time or money; to hot springs, buffet dinners, boat dives, guided day trips, to distant hilltop villages where old women weave ikat and chew beetel nut, to the undeveloped north coast around Riung, to visit the whale hunting peoples east of Larantuka, to see old remains of the Portuguese missions. I tuck my unwielding tangle of hair inside a borrowed baseball cap and ride the bus westward mumbling about the price hikes for foreigners in these parts. The road twists and turns, trucks and motorbikes squeeze by and detour the many construction ... read more
picking coffee beans
Bena
Wono

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa November 20th 2007

"The Guide Who Loved Me..." Woke up this morning to a text from Patrick. Turns out that now his in love with me, the message was quite sweet, I let him down gently...at least now I know that his not to attack me...think I will still barricade my door though. Anyhow after some pancakes we set off for Bena. Its one of the most traditional villages left in Flores. The village is only actually 19km away but it took well over an hour to get there. The road if you can call it that was horrendous! sandy, full of holes, really really steep and really slippery!. I was hanging onto that bike for dear life! On the way down we saw this guy walking, he had got off his guides motorbike and was making his way ... read more
Bena Village
Bena Village
Bena Village

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa November 19th 2007

Kelimutu to Bajawa... Rose early this morning, wasn't too awkward with Patrick...if anything he was being overly nice..I should think so too! Anyway we went to Kelimutu this morning, its a volcano that has 3 different coloured lakes, which change colour. I got some good pictures of the lakes, one is dark green, one is chocolate brown and the other is blue-green, kind of reminded me of toothpaste. They don't really look like lakes, almost looks like someone has painted them! Patrick told me a story about a guy who threw himself into the chocloate lake a few years ago. The police tried to get the body out, but before they could, it sank! ugh! And another time a Dutch couple were on their honeymoon, they got up there before sunrise and the guy told his ... read more
Kelimutu
Kelimutu
Kelimutu

Asia » Indonesia » Flores » Bajawa October 29th 2007

The bus from Ende to Bajawa was the same jam-packed insanity as always, although we did manage to get seats inside this time. It took six hours of bouncing and jostling and blaring music and screeching breaks and puking passengers and clucking chickens in the bus aisles pecking at our feet and other people's babies sleeping on our shoulders and and suffocating clouds of clove cigarette smoke filling the bus to reach Bajawa, but we finally did, in the late afternoon of October 25th. We checked into Edelweis Hotel, which, despite its name, was run by a group of ever-changing Indonesian teenagers, a nice older man and a cranky old woman. Our room was particularly nice: clean, tiled, attached bathroom and a porch. There were signs advertising internet inside our hotel, but when we asked one ... read more
Jeff on our hotel balcony at sunset
a volcano near Bajawa
our car and driver for our day trip to the villages and hot springs




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