Taking the Pelni liner from Makassar (Sulawesi) to Labuan Bajo (Flores)

Makassar Travel Blog

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Hanny and the great global language that Dutch is :)
Travelling through Indonesia can be agonizingly slow and complicated on some of the islands. Flights can be suddenly cancelled: checking on the possibility of a flight from Rantepao to Makassar we discovered that the company who had done these flights untill now had stopped doing them. A new company had just started this line, but the next day we discovered the flight was cancelled because some government official had just chartered the plane. Some ferries across Tominni bay only travel on even days one month and odd days the other, not something you want to discuss with a local with the 10 words of Indonesian you know and the 10 words of English he knows! The Litha busses that are supposed to take you somewhere in 8 hours end up taking 12 because the driver decides to do a little business on the side and picks up every sack of rice on the way.
Super economy class
Not so funny when you're trying to make it to a nice place and suddenly you're stuck in a dusty, non-entity of a town because you couldn't catch your connecting bus.
The Pelni liners are passengers ships that make a round along most islands, a nice way to travel except that the schedule is twice a month from Sulawesi to Flores where we wanted to go, luckily we were just in time to catch it. For 10 euro's you get a matress in economy class, a bit of rice and fish for dinner and an overnight trip to the next island.
Had a nice chat in Dutch on the way with Hanny, the ships bookkeeper. He's from Manado which was considered the 13th province of Holland in colonial times, so he grew up with some dutch. Was great to discuss some of the cultural differences that divide Indonesia from a country like Holland, try explaining the individualistic western culture, atheism and nude beaches in 20 minutes :D. He seemed a little disappointed by the fact that teh Dutch had brought protestantism to North Sulawesi but that christianity as a religion had almost vanished when he had visited Holland.
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Hanny and the great global languag…
Hanny and the great global langua…
Super economy class
Super economy class
Bunking down
Bunking down
Disembarking in Labuan Bajo at 6 A…
Disembarking in Labuan Bajo at 6 …
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