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27 december 2016
Maluku (Moluccans or Molukken in Dutch) has been fun. Everybody is very friendly, "Hello Mister" is what we hear all day, both Katja and me and quite often they like to make selfies with us. Many interpretations of white giants meet brown dwarfs.
Less enjoyable is the traffic as for sure the worst drivers in Indonesia live here. Taxi drivers have a licence to kill and the ojek drivers (motorists) have a deathwish without exception. Crossing the street needs careful planning, a blindfold and a medic aid kit is recommended. Funny are the side walks. When we arrived we thought Ambon still had all its city walls, but later we figured out these are the side walks. At every corner you have to descend a wall and ascend the next one. So walking on the side walks is like a mountain hike. Maybe this explains that most people walk on the street preferring a tragic end in the traffic over exercising at 30° C. But bustling Ambon is fun with good food and nice coffee shops. I re-discovered drinking the juice of sirsak (soursop) one of the delicious fruits in Asia. We also figured out that when it rains, and than it really rains, you can be sure the internet goes down. Probably all the internet addresses are flushed in the ocean together with all the plastic. Plastic! Everything is sold with plastic and plastic is everywhere. Plastic is the biggest threat to the oceans, you have to see it to believe it. Beyond imagination. As the president of Indonesia was going to stay in the same hotel as we were, I really wanted to discuss this with him. Unfortunately he couldn't make our schedule, so I left him a note with some recommendations. Yesterday we visited a little village called Waai. To get to Waai we jumped into a bemo, a bemo is a minibus which drives a fixed route between 2 places. You just jump in and pay 20 cents. Tip: Don't stand on the wrong side of the road and jump into a bemo driving in the opposite direction. This is what we did and after one hour we returned to the same spot where we embarked. Anyway back to Waai; In this village lives a family who is exclusively taking care of some 100 murenes hidden in the rocks. These animals can get really big (they had one of 2 meters once). The animals are sacred to the villagers and the family who "owns" them feeds them eggs, everyday. Against a little compensation you can go in the water and touch and lift these scary eels with big razor sharp teeth. The place is lovely, but not as beautiful as it apparently was before the well was destroyed by a bomb in the civil war, a war which flattened the village. So now we are still waiting for our plane to Makassar in Sulawesi. Happy new year to all of you, may 2017 be a healthy, happy and prosperous year for all of you. And...thanks for all the reactions, we are happy to read them
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28 december 2016 08:51 | Door: Beat Stocker
Enjoy reading your travel stories. Your text is inspiring my imagination. :-)). Its a pity you could not meet the president of Indonesia. I am also wondering about the sustainability of the natural resource this country has. Looking forward reading more good stories. Best wishes for the new year to both of you. Best Regards Beat
28 december 2016 09:19 | Door: Rob
Hi Rob and Katja, good to hear that the trip is unfolding in this beautiful way. You are really taking us along with you when you write these notes, thank you. Rob concerning the dense traffic and the dangerous drivers: you shouldn't be so surprised about that, what do you think the tourists back at home write in their notes when they come across you in traffic? Anyway it's good to hear that your journey is developing so nicely and I'm curious what adventures are waiting for you guys on the next leg of your trip You both will meet the new year many hours before us so you take the lead and raise the glass to a wonderful 2017 for all, we will follow! Regards, Rob.H
28 december 2016 16:38 | Door: Jenna
Hi Rob en Katja,
Wat leuk om jullie reisverslagen te lezen. Zo lijkt het alsof ik er ook een beetje bij ben hahaha! Zie er al naar uit om jullie volgende reisverslag te lezen
28 december 2016 16:42 | Door: Jenna
Huh mijn bericht was veel langer dan wat hierboven staat. Haha anyways ik wens jullie een fijne jaarwisseling! Dat 2017 nog meer moois mag brengen voor jullie. Heel veel liefs Jenna
29 december 2016 11:56 | Door: Yvonne Bunnik
Hoi Rob en Katja,
Leuk om jullie te volgen via jullie blog. En wat een mooie foto's.
Wij wensen jullie een mooi vervolg van jullie reis en een geweldig fijn 2017.
De start is in ieder geval prima, lijkt me. Groetjes, John en Yvonne
31 december 2016 10:31 | Door: Britte
Leuk om weer een verhaaltje te lezen. Jut en jul op pad met hun bemo en bergen/ stoep. Fijne jaarwisseling!! X