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Bali – Flores Part III | Bajawa

I really had no idea how to spend a week in Flores. My decision to stop in Bajawa was based soley on the fact that our ranger/guide on Rinca was from Bajawa, and he was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, so I figured that if everyone in Bajawa was as nice as him, I should go there. (I’m not entirely sure why I thought there would be any connenction. Everywhere has awesome people and less-awesome people). Turns out, I was kind of right. Everyone in Bajawa was super nice and we were treated like family from the minute we arrived.

Had an awesome time exploring there, even though the guys tried to take us down the side of a mountain to go to a waterfall and I’m pretty sure we never would have gotten back up if we actually went with them and slid all the way down. And then they wouldn’t even take me to buy vanilla!

This was about the time I achieved the impossible and become totally sick of nasi padang. I didn’t think I’d ever reach that stage, but I pretty much ate only bus-stop-quality nasi padang for the entire trip, so by this point I just stopped eating altogether.

I was going to add the rest of the Flores trip to this post, but there was just too many pictures for anyone’s good. The rest will be up soon.

Marselino Toa - coollllllll….

Giancarlo Cittolin - A very personal view of Ngada land, Flores

Bali – Flores Part II | Lombok – Labuan Bajo

Apparently it’s supposed to be the journey that matters, not the destination. Not true when you’re taking 2 days worth of buses and boats to Labuan Bajo. The trip sucks, but the destination totally makes up for it.

It’s not every day you get to go dragon hunting. (Sorry, not hunting – dragon “observing” – those beasties are protected). You need to be seriously committed, because it’s a bloody long way from the rest of civilization. When I bought my Bus/Boat ticket to Labuan Bajo on Gili Trawangan I was told it was like 18 hours or something. WRONG! I think the whole trip worked out to 38 hours or something stupidly long like that. Plenty of opportunities for horrible buses with your choice of the seat that’s not attached to the floor or the one you need to share with a motorbike. It takes a lot to scare me, but our night bus across Sumbawa freaked me right out. We were going ridiculously fast for no reason at all and over taking everyone else on the road who was going a reasonable speed. I now understand how those major bus disasters happen that you hear about every now and then.

Fast forward to the part we finally got off our last ferry ride (8 hours from Sape on the eastern point of Sumbawa to Labuan Bajo), slept for the night and hopped back on a boat first thing the next morning and headed 2 hours back in the direction we had come from to Rinca island to visit the dragons. Amazing. Labuan Bajo is super pretty, and the trip out to Rinca was beautiful. The Komodo dragons were just the icing on the cake. Here’s some pictures.

magda - I just love those photos! I like the way you show the world, it’s very inspirational and I feel like dropping everything and going to Indonesia tomorrow!

Bali – Flores Part I | Bali and Lombok

In my life of adventures, some are more epic than others. This Bali – Flores trip was one of the best. It started and ended in Bali, which is a pretty decent way to start anything. Other than the first weekend in Bali that I had Penny with me to help me get lost and apropriately sun burned I was alone the rest of the time. I keep trying to decide whether I prefer to travel alone or with friends. I can’t decide. I like both.

After Bali, I decided to go back to Gili Trawangan for some beach time. Unfortunately it’s getting a little less relaxing there and the beach isn’t quite as nice. They had a big storm that smashed up the reefs a while before :( Now most of the beaches have coral chunks on them are less nice to walk on. Keep in mind that my standards in beaches are WAY too high, so it’s still pretty nice ;)

From the Gilis you can get to Flores either by boat (nice expensive one or a less nice, less expensive one) or over land for damn cheap but involves shuttle boat, waiting, van, waiting, bus, waiting, ferry, bus, waiting, van, waiting, ferry and finally arriving about 40 hours later. Guess which one I opted for. That’s part II of the trip and coming up super soon.

dean - wow, amazing photos!! it’s such a beautiful place – I’ve been to only Bali & Gili T, and you captured them so brilliantly!

Magalie - Darn you and your food photos… I’d go back to Bali for that pig, right now! Great post btw :)

Anand and Layla | Kota Bahru Wedding Dinner

I’m back in action! My abscence from posting has not only been due to months of laziness, but also that when I actually went to make this post weeks ago WordPress and/or prophoto was giving me all sorts of problems and wouldn’t let my post images as I like them. It would let me post them in all sorts of other ways, but I’m stubborn. Turns out I’m so stubborn that I didn’t read the instructions it was giving me to make some updates. Think it’s all settled and I should be good to go now!

I’ve got about a year worth of posting to do, but I’ll start it off with Anand and Layla’s wedding from Kota Bahru a few months back. Super fun evening (the guys from Koh Lanta are always fun), except poor Anand got dengue and had to make an escape from the hospital to attend his own wedding dinner!

Tana Toraja | Sulawesi Selatan

I also considered naming this post “how I developed a phobia of water buffalos.”

Anyways, the point is – Toraja is a weird and wonderful place. Seriously weird. But it’s super beautiful and the people are amazingly nice, so we’ll go with wonderful as well just weird. Torajan lifestyle seems to be based around the nexus between baffalos and funerals. Fascinating stuff. The answer to almost every question we had was something to do with buffalos, except when I asked why houses are shaped the way they are. The answer to that one is that they’re boat-shaped. Naturally. Why wouldn’t people living super high in the mountains live in boat-shaped houses?

Torajan funerals are amazing. We definitely crashed one, which seems to be a fairly acceptable thing to do, as long as you bring along a gift of cigarettes and sugar. I’m dead serious. Not making up ANY of this. The part of the funeral we went to included being fed lots of cookies and syrupy sweet coffee and tea and watching buffalos and pigs being slaughtered. Of course I got right in as close as possible, which was a lot closer to buffalo slaughtering than should be allowed. I was charged by a mortally wounded buffalo – twice. Now they just freak me out in general, even if they are the world’s second most mellow animal (next to sloths, of course). If you care for a better explanation of their funerals, go ahead and wiki it. I have no intention of explaining the whole process, and not being able to do it justice.

Their burials are equally as serious. We went and saw a whole bunch of burial sites too, some of which involved some serious Indian Jones action in caves full of skeletons, or hollowing out boulders to use as tombs. Amazing.

Now for the important disclaimer – if you find any of the following things offensive, just leave this page now, or don’t say I didn’t warn you: Death, Animal Sacrifices, Blood, Guts, Buffalos.

But if you’re awesome and can handle a little bit of blood, go ahead and enjoy the photos.

Magalie - AMAZING photos!!! Now I need to add this to my dream travel list!

Grace - Beautiful pictures, as usual, like in a travel magazine. The animal killing pictures are hard to see, but it’s just because they are so vivid. Great job!

Carlina - Uh oh… not even finished your dream trip, and you’re already making a new travel list! You’re a lost cause, my friend! :P

Pepy | Indonesia Eats - Oooo my Lord! I know I envy you for all your traveling thingies here.

Great travel photos here!!!!!

Anyway, I saw your favourite object “dead fish” while I saw one of my have chili peppers, “lada katokkon” or we call it scotch bonnet peppers in Canada :)