12 June 2012
Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia
We're staying at Hotel Happy Happy, which aught to bring some luck!
First priority is fixing the bike. Second priority, have a strong drink and relax.
The main reason people come to Bajawa is to see the traditional villages.
Everyone under 18 in Bajawa SHOUTS "Hello mister!" at us. I feel bad that we can't possible reply to all of them. Sometimes they do it with ninja like stealth, popping out from behind something and get us unexpectadly. At night when they go by on scooter they don't realize it is foreigners until the last moment but manager to squeeze it out in the millisecond before they pass. Truly amazing.
Another thing to appreciate about Bajawa is that many of the restaurants serve Arak (a strong palm wine) and it mixes very well with lemon and honey tea. There is only one bar in town and I'm told it's filled with 'business ladies'.
The bright purple hotel Happy Happy took us in the night before and helped unload the bike.
Hot water, internet, clean, friendly hosts, I like this place!
A couple of sharp local guys welded up the swing arm for us.
And also brought some tools we didn't have.