Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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The first place suggested to us was closed; the second was one of the telecom operators, but there was a problem here too. We descended towards the harbour (quite a steep hill) for the third suggestion and must have missed it. However, we did come across a life size model of a local village: small thatched pagoda-like dwellings arranged around a larger building in the centre
Together with him we visited Ende’s Cathedral and after which he took us what turned out to be the third internet place we had been searching for. It was no surprise to find that they also had no connections – we gave up trying after this and went in search of the harbour front. It was a pity to find the area strewn with rubbish, and in particular plastic bags, possibly due to its proximity to a local market and the way retailers freely doll out plastic bags
By this time mid-day was well passed and the heat was quite intense. Time to find a café/restaurant - in short supply but we did come across a chinese establishment that supplied us with a good lunch and a cool drink. More Europeans arrived, so it must have been on the tour guide’s list of places to eat!
Eventually we found our way back to the hotel (up the steep hill this time!) intending to cool ourselves down in their very welcome pool. However, on trying for an internet connection we found it worked so set to to publish the blog, check for hotels in Kupang and Darwin, the weather for tomorrow’s journey and also to book the flight out of Darwin. We hadn’t wanted to do this too far in advance, just in case our schedule had been put back for any reason. The cooling dip would have to wait.
November 25 2010. Our last full day flying in Indonesia. The normal routine to get us to the airport for 0800, paid up and ready to go in good time. There was a very large number of ground handling staff and security men wanting to see us off and to have their photos taken. Fortunately though, not many questions to answer mainly because language difficulties are more of a barrier here
Time to descend by Rote Island and towards the Bay of Kupang. Sitting in the Bay was a lovely little island looking like a jewel in the coral green waters surrounding it. Sandy beaches all the way round and what looked like a small resort. A place to be cast away at maybe? We wonder whether this is where Captain Bligh ended up following his parting company with the Bounty crew.
In for a tail wind landing. How is it that the only tail winds we find are at the airports?? Stand No 1 was allocated and after shutdown the normal multitude of visitors approached us for their photos. As this is our last stop in Indonesia we are required to clear Customs and Immigration but as they are both now stationed in town, we were surprised to find that we would be cleared outbound today and not tomorrow – maybe our proposed early departure had something to do with it
This time we did manage a dip in the pool but only just before a cloud burst and thunderstorm passed overhead.
The Island of Timor is divided and Kupang is in the West. What is the capital of East Timor