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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Markus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)

Arriving into Maumere, we were ushered onto a Bemo and told the price was 5,000Rp, which we knew was way too much, but there were no other options for getting into town. A smart young schoolgirl, who spoke some English befriended us and made it her mission to take us to our hotel, even though it was out of our way. When it was time to get off the Bemo she insisted on collecting 1,000Rp off each of us and handed it to the driver, who didn't know what to say. How could he tell this innocent young girl that he cheated foreigners for 5 times the price! He couldn't! Thanking the girl several times for how much she had helped us, she walked off down the street with her head held high and she had every right to feel proud for helping a group of useless foreigners :) That night was spent having a little walk around the non descript town and playing some poker back at the hotel.

The following day the 4 of us set out to book some onward tickets to West Timor, so as we could head to East Timor and renew our visas, which were running out fast! The news wasn't too promising as we learnt that there were no ferries for a couple of days and the airlines also said that they were fully booked. After some lunch, we headed back to the Merpati airline office and pretty much begged them to double check if they couldn't squeeze us on somewhere in the next couple of days and to our relief they found 4 tickets for the following afternoon. Maumere doesn't really have any tourist attractions, so we spent the rest of the day wandering the streets and playing cards, just killing time really.

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