Sunday, December 30, 2012

Memories of Flores

Its been well over a month now since I left Flores. Despite the many challenges I faced there, I still hold  many memories near and dear to my heart.

After two weeks in Bali and now 1 month in the Philippines I'm reminded more and more of just how unique Flores really is. I feel lucky to have experienced a place that is still relatively untouched by mass tourism.

So I thought I shared with you some of my favourite memories from my time in Flores:

The Food: It should come as no surprise that food is one of my first memories. I already miss eating everything with a healthy dose of sambal (spicy chilli paste). I also miss all the locally made tempe and tofu, especially when its made into delicious tempe penyet. Or fried bananas with special sambal sauce from the street vendor close to KPK.

One of my favourite Indonesian dishes, Tempe Penyet
The People: Though I struggled to make friends in town I was continually blown away by the warmth and generosity of the people I met throughout Flores. I miss the overly eager calls of "Hello Mister!!!!" from the children in the village as I rode my motorbike.

Meeting with Organic Farmers outside of Ruteng with Ayo Indonesia and Eco Flores. 

Andy and Dhevon in Waecicu Bay attempting to paddle a dug out canoe

The Landscape: I miss the wild, beauty of Flores. It's dramatic cliffs and stunning shorelines. The smell of cloves drying along the roadside. Rice terraces in the shadows of volcanoes. Never failed to take my breath away.

My Motorbike: If you get a chance to visit Flores and have some time to spare. Rent a motorbike and go! Though not for the faint of heart, riding the mountain roads of Flores on my bike is an experience I will never forget. I also loved the reaction of the locals when they would see a white girl riding on a laki-laki bike.

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