Not much going on here and no other tourists!

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Flag of Indonesia  , East Nusa Tenggara,
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Unfortunately however the boat didn’t actually leave until 1:30pm which meant sitting around aimlessly onboard for over 2 hours! Needless to say i was the only westerner onboard. It then took a leisurely five and a half hours to get to Lewoleba including a 20 minute stop in Waiwerang en-route. This meant i arrived in the dark, something that i hate doing as it gives you false impressions about a place. Took an ojek from the port into town which took about 20mins and cost 20,000INR. Got dropped off at the Hotel Lewoleba, one of only a couple of options available and took a {really shit} economy room for 50,000INR because the standard rooms for 75,000INR weren’t much better! Went looking for somewhere to eat but there were no restaurants to be found just loads of warungs serving the staple diet of nasi fish or nasi ayam. Managed to find one serving cold gado gado and settled for that. I had thought that there might be at least one or two other tourists in Lebowela but obviously not as i didn’t come across any. Next morning i went to find the Lile lle homestay as Jim the Dutch/Indonesian owner was reported to be a font of local knowledge and very helpful to backpackers, and indeed he was on both counts. Transpired that he hasn’t been taking in guests for about a year now as his bungalows need renovating but he was still very hospitable and happy to chat for an hour or so. Ascertained that the boat i had caught the previous night wasn’t the once weekly slow ferry en-route to the Alor islands that docks at the new pier about 7km outside of town. If i had gone to a different pier in Larantuka then i could have gotten a faster smaller boat to the pier on the edge of town which would have gotten me there by 5pm! I also found out that there was a ferry sailing from Lewoleba to Makassar on Sulewasi on Friday possibly at 1pm. I had found out previously that there was a ferry to Makassar on the 8th Nov from Maumere and this is presumable is the same one. I had been contemplating getting the boat from Wairiang on the north-eastern coast of Lembata over to the Alor Islands and then possibly either catching a ferry or flying from Kalabahi on Pulau Alor over to Makassar but for several reasons it made more sense to catch the Friday boat.
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