Taking the Pelni liner from Makassar (Sulawesi) to Labuan Bajo (Flores)
Makassar Travel Blog› entry 7 of 47 › view all entries
April 30th, 2008 – by: manuel_s
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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