Thanks and good bye Indonesia
Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Where I stayed
Pantai Timor Hotel Kupang
Read my review - 1/5 stars
Read my review - 1/5 stars
What I did
None headhunting village
Lavalon bar - www.lavalontouristinfo.com
Spending all day WIFI-ing at Pantai Laut
Day of my flight, we run around buying and trying to ship some souvenirs. The post office tells us they don’t have ‘immigration’ and cannot ship internationally
The Lewoleba airport can be described as ‘interesting’
I am happy to be in Kupang now, where there is a minor improvement in bathroom standards and food options. The sleezy stares and ‘hello meeester’ still persists. At least we are not the only Bule (foreigners) in this town.
I am feeling alright in Kupang, where you can last a few days. English naval officer Captain William Bligh hung out here too after being cast adrift by the mutinous crew of the Bounty in 1789. Kupang is the capital of West Timor and the NTT province, which is the poorest in Indonesia. No wonder we were having a bit of a rough time the past few weeks.
While Manu focuses on work, I explore None, the last headhunting village on earth, in a day trip. Because I am cheap, I make my guide Ony take local transport instead of renting a driver or car. None village is once again a world apart from anything I am familiar with. People of the Amanuban tribe live in palm huts, where parents still bury their baby’s placenta in the centre of their hut
Other than the above, I have nothing else good to say about our stay here. In fact, the day before our departure, I am so angry and frustrated and sick of it all, that writing about all our experiences would leave a horribly bad taste. So let me finish by saying that Indonesia is a country of stunning natural beauty. I might feel different about it had I not strained from the tourist track. And I did want to come back to see more of it. Right now though, I am not sure anymore if I still do. At least not for a few years I think.
Our last night ends pleasant with final chats and thanks for his guidance and advice at Edwin Lerrick’s Lavalon (www.lavalontouristinfo.com). His friend even drove us home and one of his drivers ran an errand for us, while we were enjoying our last Bintang beers
- Couchsurfer Melinda, who I sadly never ended up meeting in person
- CSers David, Ravi and friends in Jakarta
- CS and artists Rully and his friend Mali from Yogyakarta
- ‘Birdman’ in Yogyakarta for making us laugh: Vera can provide a re-enactment of his attempt to sell us a riksha ride to the Bird Market
- ‘Frodo’ at our hotel in Ende
- Mattheus, Andi and the afro-crew at Hidayah hotel in Moni
- Ankermi and Claudia in Waiterang (http://www.ankermi-happydive.com/)
- The nuns that let me pee and gave me bananas, at the convent between Lewoleba and Lamalera
- Richard and family at Hotel Rejeki in Lewoleba
- Mamma Maria, Paulus and crew in Lamalera
- Edwin from Lavalon in Kupang, www.lavalontouristinfo.com
- Unknown lady at the night market in Kupang that helped us translate our dinner order
- Last, but not least, Ony Meda, tour guide extraordinaire, in Kupang
Our experience would not have been enjoyable without all of you!