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  • Day69

    Bonjour bonjour !!

    Nous revoilà connectés, après 8 jours coupés du monde sur les Togean, îles du nord du Sulawesi où il y a l'électricité seulement quelques heures par jour et pas d'internet!
    Atteindre ce petit bout de paradis se mérite. Depuis le pays Toraja, c'est 13 heures dans un petit bus blindé au point de mettre des gens et des sacs de riz dans l'allée centrale, sur une route horrible qui a fini par faire vomir presque tout le bus. Arthur a commencé à choper une très grosse crève avec petite fièvre qui monte dans le bus, on est au top ! Nous faisons escale à Tentenna, mais nous passons complètement à côté des quelques points d'intérêt puisque nous avons une grosse journée de pluie, mais c'est pas grave nous visualisons la plage paradisiaque. On se réveille sagement à 2h du mat pour repartir sur la route pour 5 heures. Nous arrivons finalement au port d'Ampana, nous attendons le départ du speed boat (comprendre barque à moteur). 2h de bateau. Évidemment il se met a pleuvoir.... Elle a intérêt à être treeees belle cette plage ! 

    Nous finissons par arriver sur notre petit bout d’île déserte. Une crique magnifique pas plus de 200m de large, sable blanc et cocotiers, au milieu de la Jungle, l'eau est translucide et les coraux multicolores, on devine les Bungalow sur la plage, youpiii  on va être bien bien bien !

    Nous passons une semaine treeees reposante ici, et étrangement on prend très vite le rythme de l'île. C'est une semaine de chill total. On en profite pour passer notre 2e niveau de plongée, l'Advanced, qui nous permet notamment de plonger encore plus profond. On a aussi fait une plongée de nuit mais j'ai vraiment pas trop aimé, j'avais trop peur qu'un gros poisson avec des grosses dents apparaisse tout à coup devant moi (comme dans Némo) mais Arthur lui a adoré. Les coraux ici sont absolument magnifiques et d'une variété incroyable.

    Sinon, étrangeté du coin, il y a un lac avec des centaines de méduses qui ont perdues leurs capacités piquantes. Préservées de tout prédateurs dans leur petit lac, elles ont petit à petit évolué et n'ont plus de "venin" où je ne sais quoi qui fait mal. On peut donc aller nager entouré de toutes ces méduses, ça fait drôlement bizarre ! 
    Et puis entre lecture, parties de carte endiablées, petites séances de yoga improvisées, plongées et snorkeling, on est presque débordés. Arthur a pu se faire zizir avec le drone (voir photos) et surtout il y aura une jolie video a la fin du sejour !

    Sinon, que dire du coin ?
    Les Togean c'est le pays des Bajau, les gitans des mers. Leurs villages sont sur l'eau et ils vivent de la pêche. Il y a sur Netflix un très joli reportage qui s'appelle « Jago » qui raconte l'histoire d'un des leurs devenu célèbre de par ses capacités de plongeur. Il est capable de descendre jusqu'à 40m en apnée, avec sa lance pour aller pêcher. 
    Notre hôtel est tenu par un couple Croate super bien intégré qui a plein de projets de préservation de l'environnement avec les communautés locales : une "pouponnière" à corail, plantation de corail, de la permaculture, recyclage et valorisation du plastique... Très intéressant de voir qu'ils ont un vrai impact positif.
    On parle beaucoup avec eux des mœurs du coin, et on se rend compte à quel point ici on est loin de tout. Beaucoup ne vont pas du tout ou ne finissent pas l'école et donc la plupart sont illettrés. Certains ne savent pas lire l'heure sur une montre. Les gens ont beaucoup d'enfants et généralement les parents n'envoient qu'un des enfants à l'école pour qu'il puisse lire pour les autres.
    On est très loin de la société de consommation, l'argent est rarement un moteur pour eux, les cigarettes en revanche beaucoup plus... Par exemple pour la construction de leurs bungalows, ils avaient besoin de faire accélérer les travaux : augmenter le prix jusqu'à le doubler n'a rien changé, mais 2 cartouches de cigarettes ont fait l'affaire !!!! C'est complètement dingue la place qu'a la cigarette en Indonésie, c’est presque sacré. Ça fait partie des offrandes ou cadeaux les plus valorisés. On voit par exemple des campagnes publicitaires pour des marques de clopes avec le slogan "Never quit" ! Incroyable ! 

    Voilà voilà pour nos quelques jours sur les îles. 
    On est en ce moment en TRES long transit pour rejoindre la Papouasie, où nous allons faire un trek de 4 jours voir des tribus qui en guise de slip mettent leur zizi dans un petit étui ! Whohou !

    On sera encore complètement déconnectés quelques jours donc ne vous faites pas de soucis. On vous embrasse fort!
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  • Day179

    Volcano Kelimetu

    November 14 in Indonesia

    Today we stop to visit Kelimutu National Park, home of Kelimutu volcano and it's 3 different coloured crater lakes (which also change colour depending on a number of factors eg. Balance of volcanic gas vs rainfall). Today we saw mostly shades of blue green, one lighter, one deeper turquoise and the other like and emerald jade, however apparently they can become red, black, brown, white! Each lake has its own local name, 'Tiwu Ata Bupu' (lake of the old people), 'Tiwu Koo Failed Nuwa Miri (lake of the young men and maidens) and Tiwi Ata Polo (bewitched or enchanted lake).

    You can drive to the parking area which leaves an easy paved 1.5km walk to the viewing platform to see these spectacular big lakes with very vivid colours.
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  • Day178

    Paga and Koka Beach

    November 13 in Indonesia

    Lila and Jean visited nearby Koka Beach today enjoying clear waters in a double crescent bay and a clean beach (which is sometimes rare here)...probably something to do with the 2 random entry fees you pay to get to the beach.

    Otherwise we enjoyed another relaxing day at the homestay at Paga Beach.

  • Day180

    Ende to Bajawa

    November 15 in Indonesia

    We leave Ende this morning, taking the highway along the coast with nice views of the southern coast and the bay west of Ende.
    We stop by the beach for Lila and Jean to have a quick swim. The beach was known before for its blue pebbles, but now it seems they have been collected in piles along the road next to the beach, maybe used for making the road surface?

    The road leaves the coast and there is almost an instant temperature difference from hot and humid to very cool mountain air. It's nice for a moment, but then on the motorbike it gets quite cold, so we get out our wraps and sarongs to shield a bit if the cool air.
    The continuously windy roads bring more great views of surrounding volcanos, rice paddy fields, bamboo, coconut and banana trees. We pass many cows and goats grazing by the roadside and we see buffalos with the increasing number of rice paddies.
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  • Day181

    Today we stay near Bajawa to explore the area which has lots of traditional villages and hot springs. The surrounding area takes us on some more windy sometimes steep roads and we see lots of coconut, bamboo, banana, papaya, cassava, coffee, cloves and cocoa plants. There are villagers preparing the rich volcanic soils for their next harvest and we can see them growing tomatoes, salad, corn, pineapple. Most villages have some if not a majority of traditional structures like houses, huts, gates.
    Lila and Jean enjoy a hot spring which was located in a river of a local village.
    We visit 2 traditional villages and see women doing 3 different processes of making their ikat. Someone preparing yarn for dying, someone lining up the yarn to prepare for weaving and someone weaving. We have seen quite a bit or carpet making and weaving during our trip and Lila says this is what she wants to do when she is older.
    We also help someone seperate their drying corn from the cob (which Lila loves doing too).
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  • Day182

    Bajawa to Ruteng

    November 17 in Indonesia

    Today we leave Bajawa and head towards the Ruteng. The road takes us towards the coast again with some lovely views of the coast as well as lush mountains.
    We stop at the coast for the last swim of the trip before heading back on the motorbike on the road which takes us back inland and to the mountains. As we approach Ruteng we pass lots of beautiful terraced rice paddies in varying stages of growth, showing colours from young green to ripe yellows. The beautiful landscapes together with the low clouds are a nice way to end the day as we find our homestay for the night, located in a village surrounded by rice paddies.Read more

  • Day183

    Ruteng to Labuan Bajo

    November 18 in Indonesia

    This morning we visited a nearby cave Liang Bua / hobbit cave, where in 2003 they had found the remains of an ancient species 'homo floriesiensis', also nicknamed 'hobbit' (60,000- 100,000 yrs ago).

    We visit the local Ruteng market before getting back on the road for our last day of our motorbike trip to the eastern town of Labuan Bajo. We pass beautiful rice paddies along the way, before we almost race storm clouds across the mountains. It was probably the most windy roads of the trip going up, down and between mountains.
    The rain finally catches us when we are about 25km from Labuan Bajo. Our rain gear (which Jean saved from being forgotten in a motorbike we had rented in Thailand) comes very much in handy now!

    We arrive in Labuan Bajo just before dark, return the motorbike and visit the port, before having the most expensive and worst meal of our time in Indonesia.
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  • Day181

    Religion and Faith

    November 16 in Indonesia

    Indonesia is an interesting place for religion. It is a secular country, however a majority of the population identify as Muslim. However in Flores a majority of the population identify as Catholic, mostly due to colonisation by the Portuguese in the 16th century. In Alor a majority of the population identify as Protestant, as they were colonised by the Dutch.
    You will often see a simple village with bamboo and wood houses, with a huge massive church (made of bricks and concrete) in the village.
    However you will still see mosques around and hear the call for prayer.
    In Bajawa we pass a huge mosque and church in town which are right across the road from each other.
    Lila has been quite interested in different religions during this trip as we have been exposed to a range of different religions and have seen quite a lot of temples, mosques and churches. Tonight after dinner at a small local restaurant, Lila asks one of the ladies to wrap her scarf on her head, she is very proud of wearing her scarf like this tonight.
    The next morning she says 'i like wearing this scarf because I believe in Buddha. When we go back to Australia I'm going to visit the mosque to pray'.
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  • Day5

    Legian by foot and bike

    November 13 in Indonesia

    We were up at around 7am and thought we would go for a run at the beach but once we got outside we’d realised we’d left our run too late as it was already hot and sunny. So we decided to go to breakfast and then do a walk along the beach.

    There’s a pretty big buffet available for breakfast and the food is good. I started with fruit and muesli then had salad and dumplings, finishing with fruit. I tried on of their passion fruit as they are orange on the outside. The inside was a surprise as it’s kind of a grey colour with black seeds. Not overly appealing looking but it has a nice flavour with a bit more of a tang than our type.

    We walked for ages, all the way to where the umbrellas end at Seminyak. It probably isn’t actually that far but it feels it in this heat. We stopped to jump in the water a couple of times on the way and back. We went to the gym after that which is tiny and is a hot box. I only last around 15-20 mins before getting into the pool. TAB managed to keep going a little longer than me.

    With nothing particular on the agenda we decided to go for a wander after showering. It’s the kind of place where showering doesn’t make much difference for long as you are sweating after walking 5 minutes up the road! We stopped at the hotel bar first for our complimentary welcome drink but they were mocktails so TAB got a shot of vodka and I got a shot of Malibu to give us a kick start. They sure did have a kick to them!

    We didn’t have any idea where we were going and walked along the beachfront but that was just all hotels so we turned up the first side street we found. We wove our way through lanes and didn’t feel we were achieving much except for working up a sweat so got to a main road and took that instead.

    The footpaths weren’t very busy people and it was much easier to walk instead of dodging motor bikes in the smaller streets. We are surprised about how it doesn’t smell here like we remember and the footpaths are in reasonable good condition with little rubbish around. Brad had a go at looking at some street stalls but he wasn’t buying so sellers were getting shitty with him. I wasn’t into it at all and although there was plenty of stuff that caught my eye there wasn’t anything I felt was worth going through the barter process for.

    We stopped for a Bintang and did some people watching for a while as it’s a good way to cool down, take a rest and use a decent toilet. Also TAB can practice his Indo as there’s always someone willing to have a chat. We kept going and I had no idea where we were but TAB reakoned he had a handle on it. I wasn’t too convinced as his sense of direction is usually pretty poor, but after a fair bit of walking he had managed to get us to Kuta Beach. I was impressed!

    It was still a fair walk back to the hotel so we stopped at a hotel bar for a rest with a cocktail. I let TAB order for me while I went to the toilet and I cant remember what it was but it was bloody strong. I felt a bit woozy after that so we kept walking and I thought food might be a good idea so we found a place that was cooking Mie Goreng fresh. We both had this with a can of coke instead of a beer as the cocktails were still working their affect!

    We were so hot that we decided to go across to the beach for a swim and walk the rest of the way along the beach. This ended up being a good idea because it made the walk feel a bit shorter and we could cool off along the way. Finally we reached our hotel but stopped at Kangaroo Bar for a couple of beers before we had to get ready for the foodie tour I’d booked.

    As we walked back past the pool TAB suggested we stop for a mango daiquiri and I agreed as we still had two hours before getting picked up. Well that daiquiri was the death of me! They make the cocktails so strong here and it sent me completely loopy, but thank god didn’t put me to sleep. We went back to the room to shower and I sat on our verandah and had a Jim Beam can, just to top me up because I really needed it at that point. I’m supposed I made it to the tour I was that drunk, but thank goodness I could still function and had some sense as I’d taken a can with me to have on the tour but I didn’t open it. And neither of us drank for the rest of the night so I managed to sober up. I had a massive headache by the time we got home though....

    Anyway, the tour was fantastic and it’s so much fun being driven around on the back of a bike, especially with the night so warm and balmy. We stopped at places where the locals eat and got to try so much tasty food. One of the stops was a guy crouched down over a small flame cooking a type of rice pancake, literally on the side of the road. Then he topped it with chilli and roasted coconut and it was bloody beautiful. Then he got TAB to have a go at cooking one and he looked huge crouched down in that small space. But he managed to cook the pancake and he did a pretty good job of it! The guy who cooks them had a taste and gave the thumbs up!

    We had sate badam which is from a certain part of Indonesia (Bakso Campur) meatball soup with different types of meatballs including one that was stuffed with minced tendons and mie (noodle) with ayam (chicken).

    Then we drove through Denpasar to their local market Basa Kereneng. Basa means market and Kereneng is the name of the place where the market is. Our hosts, Nancy and Desy said we could buy anything in the market as we walked through and they would help us. They said the prices are real Bali prices as this is where the locals shop and they said the prices are inflated by five times for tourist prices. When we got in there it was crowded, hot and hectic. Things had prices on them and they were dirt cheap and it would have been the perfect place to do all our shopping but my head still wasn’t completely straight after my boozy afternoon and I knew TAB wouldn’t cope being dragged around shopping so we were in and out fairly quickly.

    We went to a fruit stall and the girls explained what a lot of the fruit was and we got to taste it all. Most of it was really good and it was a good experience as often it’s hard to give strange looking fruit a go when you have no idea what’s inside. We had salak which is snake skin fruit as the outside really does look like snake skin but it was nice and sweet. We also had honey mango, mango stein and karliasam which looks like a cherry but has white flesh and is quite sour. There were many others but I forget.

    The last stop was at a stall where they have two specialties that are only available at night between 5pm and midnight. Nancy explained as one side of the cart cooking salty - which we would describe as savoury. And the other side cooks sweet. Both have menus with varieties of fillings and the salty one was kind of a buttery egg pancake with a range of vegetable fillings, kind of omelette like.

    The sweet one was delicious and a highlight end to the tour. I didn’t understand what all the filling options were but Nancy did mention you could have cheese or chocolate or a number of other things. She asked what we want and we weren’t sure so she said have the special,which is everything. We were a little reluctant about cheese and chocolate together and who knows what else but we gave it a go and were blown away by the flavour. It was warm, cake, but pancake, but crumpet like and filled with oozy chocolatety stuff that reminded us of Nutella. Whatever it was, it was amazing!

    That finished off the night and my headache (or hangover?) started to come on strong on the ride home. I went straight to bed with panadol hoping to wake up feeling normal in the morning.
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  • Day6

    I woke up feeling back to normal as planned and it was 6am so I thought I’d try going for a run before the sun was out. Brad wasn’t moving so I left him a note and snuck out. The temperature was great and there was only a breeze which was nice. I knew there was a shopping centre at the Kuta end of the beach as you can see it from our part of the beach so I thought I’d try to run there and if I made it I’d try and run back. It wasn’t as bad as I thought and I made it there in 18 minutes so I turned around to run back.

    The beach is nice a wide with plenty of firm, flat sand, although it gets a bit of a muddy consistency at Kuta and definitely isn’t as nice as the Legian Beach. I managed to make it back and ran on a little further to round it off to 30 minutes and I was cooked by then! I could feel my face was burning red and I was dripping with sweat so I took off my runners and jumped straight into the water. How perfect it would be to have this setting to run every day and the temperature so perfect to just jump in at the end #dreamlife

    I was spewing I hadn’t taken my phone as there were fishing boats out on the water that would have been a great photo and there was also a big snake on the beach that people were looking at so I stopped for a look too. It was scary. But no phone was one less thing to have and the minimalist approach is definitely the way to go when running in this climate.

    I didn’t go straight back into the room as I didn’t know if TAB was still sleeping, although I suspected he’d be out by now. I did a bit of a workout on our verandah and some stretching before going in and he had gone. I showered and left another note to say I was at breakfast. I pretty much did a replica of yesterday but I had Bircher muesli and also discovered some vegetables which were really yummy. They will become a regular on my plate. I had actually planned to have bread and butter pudding and fried banana but after going for a run I thought I should stay on attach for at least the first hour of the day!

    TAB showed up at breakfast and said he left the room at 6.30 and it sounds like we’ve crossed paths on the beach and somehow missed each other. He finished off with a gym session and a swim so we’d both started the day off on the right track.

    Last night on the way to the tour we discovered that we’d definitely walked the wrong way yesterday morning as there was a market literally next door to the resort entrance and there were shops and bars all along the street. So TAB wants to go to the market for a bit of shopping and he worked hard at bartering and good on him for having the energy, but I still reckon he got ripped off with a few things. I just followed him around as an observer and was quite happy to keep it that way. He ended up with singlets, shirts and shorts and is done for the trip now. I’m going to hit the shopping centre I ran to at some stage - Discovery Shopping Mall. The trip advisor reviews says it’s ok so I’ll give it a go, although it’s definitely not a priority.

    After the hard work of shopping we needed to chill a bit back in the room before venturing out again for a walk along the beach road towards Seminyak. We stopped at a restaurant for a cocktail - me a banana colada and TAB a mango daiquiri - again fairly potent. It was damn hot but we pushed forward and came across Coco Club which TAB said Jack had mentioned. It looked pretty cool, a pool with day beds and I guess you just eat, drink and swim. Pity I didn’t have my bathers on so we took a rain check.

    A little across from that was Sand Beach Bar, a beach shack kind of thing which was a bit of fun. We had two beers there and I bought a sarong from an old lady. I really don’t need a sarong but it was really pretty and as she pointed out to me, it had bling!

    I don’t even know what time it was, we’re just on Bali time, holiday time and I haven’t been wearing a watch as it’s too hot for accessorising. We walked back along the beach and went to Kangaroo Bar. Mal and his mates were there so we joined them for a couple of beers before they had to go meet the girls at a restaurant. We moved to banana lounges which you had to rent and just swam and enjoyed cold beers for the rest of the afternoon. We met Emmy who does massages so I had a shoulder and back massage for AUD$10. She was very good and it went for ages, so cheap.

    Donny the sunnies guy came over and it was perfect timing as when I got up from my massage I’d broken my sunnies. They were only cheapies that I’d bought in Vietnam so it wasn’t a big deal. TAB got three pairs and I got two. Then we realised we had no money and I’m sure I had a fair bit of money in my purse. Maybe I’ve just lost track but I’m 99% sure I had money, but the only time it’s been unattended is when we went swimming earlier but we left it with the boys at Kangaroo Bar and I know they wouldn’t have taken it. Someone has either been very clever or I’ve just lost track. We’ve decided that Brad is looking after the money from now on anyway so that he can just pay for everything. Suits me, I booked everything so he can be in charge of paying while we’re here so I don’t have to think about it.

    So Donny took TAB to an ATM on his bike and when he got back we settled our bill with him and with Kangaroo Bar as we’d had enough of beer and the beach so went to the pool for cocktails. When we got there it was happy hour and I was feeling well on the way so wasn’t going to touch a mango daiquiri. I ordered for TAB and I as I realised how drunk he was - I guess it was his turn today hehehe. He was chitter chatting to everyone and downing the cosmic coladas like nobodies business.

    I had choconut which was dangerous because it looked and tasted like a dessert. It didn’t have the big kick of other cocktails we’d had but it was happy hour so no doubt they reduce the amount of booze they put in because it’s two for one. We ended up having three in a row pretty quickly I think TAB had reached his limit.

    We showered and TAB looked passed out on the bed by the time I was ready. I poked him and he didn’t move so I assumed that was us for the night but not long after he perked up and off we went for dinner at the Indonesian restaurant at the hotel which is all alfresco and overlooking the beach. The food was nice, but not amazing, although fairly well-priced for hotel food. TAB had a beer and I went to sparkling water as I’d had enough. There is another restaurant which is just a different section and it serves mostly Western meals. There was a band playing which we could hear quite clearly and they were playing good music but we were ready to call it a night.

    I was just going to pop out to the mini mart to get water and he wanted to come with me although it was completely safe. We crossed the road and right next to the mini mart was a bar with a live Indo band playing covers and we looked at each other - will we, won’t we - and TAB said “let’s get the water and just stop there for a bit” and I said let’s go now and get the water later so it’s cold to take back.

    So two or three beers, one shot and one scotch and dry each later at Uncle Norm’s Bar we rolled back home at some stupid hour like 11pm. And yes, we remembered the water!
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