An immigrant as it is
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December 27th, 2008 – by: inirr
My first step: The Airport
It was my first time stepping in Sorong, Papua.
So I stepped down in Domine Eduard Osok airport, looked around...and I only saw two buildings just like hangar in this airport, no tall and modern architect building. I walked to one of the building and it was a not so big room with full of airport staff, there's no security gate, and no baggage counter where we usually picked our own baggage. In this airport you have to wait and listen carefully to the staff, they will call you baggage number one by one. And for the first time, I noticed that there's not many of papua people in there. It got me wondering am I in Papua or not??? And later I'll find out why...
From the aiport to the hotel, you could rent a car, I mean a private car that can be rent as a taxi.
Besides taxi, there's only one kind of public transportation, it's a yellow mini bus, it could took you around the city. And there's also ojek it's a motorcycle that you could rent with the diver that could drove you here and there. The public transportation cost is IDR 2,000 - 3,000 per person and the ojek cost is depends on the distance you want to go.
Waigo Hotel (read: why go)
For 3 nights, I stayed in Waigo hotel. A friend of mine already booked this hotel for us. She's working in Conservation Indonesian based in Sorong.
While we stayed there, Waigo was in renovating. It's kinda uncomfortable to us...noisy and dusty. And for me, 3 nights stayed there was way to long!
First day in Sorong, me and my friends were walking along the Lido beach, sight seeing...who knows we found something interesting. But apparently not! Sorong is not the one like I'm expecting. I'm not seeing any native people, there's too many immigrant from other islands. The only happening place in Sorong it the one that they called it 'Tembok' or The Wall. It's a row of restaurants along the wall that separate the land and the beach.
If you want to buy things, there's traditional markets and there's one big supermarket called Saga. It's the only supermarket in Sorong. And in Saga, you could find the one and only fast food in Sorong. And what about souvenir? Hmmm...it's quite hard to find souvenirs in Sorong because they don't have any particular things that relate to Sorong. All the souvenirs are made from Timika, another city in Papua. Sorong is just a city that full of immigrant, the papua culture more and more extinct. Too bad:(
I guest if I want to see the real Papua culture, Sorong is not the right place. I hope someday I could visit other Papua's city:)
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