June 14, 1997
Onward to Indonesia. I Departed Darwin, Australia this afternoon for Kupang,
Indonesia. The flight will take about one an a half hours over the Timor Sea. The distance
is not the issue, it is the culture. Armed with no knowledge of Indonesia, it should make
it quite an eye opener. Hopefully, with an open mind and desire to learn, I can explore
several of its islands.
The best way to start this journey is get a MAP!!! That way not only can you chart the
course but, educate yourself on local Indonesian hot spots. Believe me, this information
is not in a travel book. The cycle covers the ground in between the so called attractions.
Any questions or support e-mail from this web page.
Stay tuned for details.
Happy Trails, Tim
June 15, 1997
Some travel notes by Jason Greenwood from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK. :
Kupang is a great place, even better following my arrival here. Unfortunately it's not
such a great place for getting lifts on boats to Darwin, at least not when the Trade Winds
are blowing in your face.
Things to do in Kupang:
*Watch pigs frolicking on the beach (that's the farm animal, not the local
*Jump off a cliff accompanied by a thousand suicidal Indonesians at the local
*Fall into the gaping holes in the road and enjoy a bath in a rare cocktail of
*Pay through the nose for ale at Teddy's Bar, and pester any foreigners present with
the question "Are you sailing to Darwin by any chance?'
*Make new friends at a rate of a hundred per minute by simply strolling down the main
*Enjoy offensive ghetto rap music in any demo or tape shop at a bass output comparable
to a major earthquake.
*Enjoy a major earthquake, followed by a huge tidal wave to mop up any survivors, then
drinks in the evening.
*Meet interesting fellow travelers, such as alcoholic psychotic journalists.
*Savor the delights of ice cream, from street vendors in an assortment of exotic
flavors (giardia, dysentery, typhoid, cholera).
*Waste valuable time in searching for a boat to Darwin which is about as likely as
locating a sane Asian bus driver.
June 16, 1997
Hi, This is Edwin Lerrick the owner of L'Avalon Backpackers in Kupang, Indonesia. I
would like to send warm greetings to all of the people traveling around the world and I
look forward to seeing you someday in Kupang. If you need any help finding places, or with
travel plans, please see any of our English speaking staff to avoid any problems. L'Avalon
is a quiet location 50 meters from the beach in Kupang. Located at Sumatra 1 number 8
Tode-Kisar short walking distance to all business. The central location is absolutely
packed with information about East Nusa, Tengarra, and Indonesia. The casual laid-back
atmosphere, also, includes a banana pancake and fresh fruit salad. Hosts are on call 24
hours a day. The daily cost is 4,000 rupiah or one dollar and seventy cents in US$. One
must remember that Indonesia is a third world country. The standard of living is very
basic. Kupang is the capital of the southern province of Nusa Tenggara. Even being the
business hub for this region the poverty level is high. However, the locals all seem to be
jolly people, always greeting strangers with "HELLO MISTER"! Must travel a
overnight ferry boarding to Ende on the island of Flores.
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