Our travelling security detail

Trip Start May 13, 2013
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Trip End Jun 01, 2013


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Lavalon Hostel & Bar Kupang
Read my review - 2/5 stars

Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ferry trip mark two began at seven with our now well known path to the ferry terminal. Things were looking a whole lot better than yesterday. The rather large crowd was a give away that something was on, also the large ferry sailing into view also indicated that we might be on to something. There were a couple of familiar faces from yesterday's false start as well. Purchasing the tickets was my first real experience of the Indonesian method of queueing, or lack there of. With tickets in hand we moved onto the dock and joined the throng all hell bent on getting on the one single bamboo gangway at the same time. Some did elect the quicker route of climbing through the open windows of the vehicle deck. Once on board I ventured upstairs to stake a claim on some seats.
The stairs lead to what would turn out to be second class, an enclosed area full of cigarette smoke. I checked out steerage it appeared to be a better option than second class as at least it was open to the elements. Back in second I noticed a door with a small window in it. Glancing through, first class was revealed to me. It was completely empty, I ventured in, air conditioning, plenty of seating, this was the place. I went back to find Rob, he was dealing with a couple of guys that quite forcefully recommended that they carry our bikes on to the boat and who were then asking for a rather large stipend for their help. This was resolved and we entered the first class lounge. We hung around in there for some time before a crew member came in and indicated that we shouldn't be in here. Back to third class here we spent our time watching those on board happily lighten the ships load by depositing every scrap of rubbish they had into the sea.
After about twenty minutes of this the crew member came back and said we could go back to first class. Once back in the in first we had been joined by a lady with two small children, then a rather heavy duty looking soldier/paramilitary type who proceeded to undress down to a NCIS type tee shirt and his camo pants. His batman type belt replete with revolver was swinging on the edge of a bunk that was located to one side of the cabin. Presently about another 8 or 9 of these types entered the cabin all with variations of some type of military/police uniform. Needless to say between them, the very loud music soundtrack eminating from second class and satellite tv that either constantly lost the signal or had its channel constantly changed by some unknown hand, we were kept amused. At various times during the trip between bouts of fitful sleep we were exposed to snippets of national lampoons Animal House, lots of soccer, Chinese martial arts movies, Indonesian soaps, kick boxing, Indonesian news and our now very rowdy security detail. Our original military type cabin mate Mr über cool let his halo slip a bit as he slept on the seat near me snoring wildly. I'll bet members of SEAL team six don't snore.
The ferry trip was smooth and we docked in Kapung at 2.30 in the morning. It was only them Rob happened to mention that he had read the ferry terminal was about 14 k's out of town! So we had a rather pleasant ride on fairly quiet roads into town, we found a hotel opposite for what passed for a beach and finished our interrupted sleep.

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