Friday, 23 December 2011

Bena, arak and "the wall" (Moped convoy, Day 7)

28th November 2011

PhotobucketFirst thing in the morning we went to Bena, a traditional village near Bajawa. Similar to Wogo but seems like they're set up for tourists, lots of the houses have sarongs and things for sale outside and there's a little shop selling tea and coffee. We stayed a while chatting to the locals. The view from the top of the village was amazing. Met this guy called Paulus :P

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In the afternoon we made our way back to Ruteng. On the way we stopped in Aimere and bought a bottle of Arak which is a locally distilled spirit. We found a distillery on the way out of the village. Alex has a degree in brewing and beverage technology (or something similar) and wanted to know a few things about the process they used but they didn't speak English and we didn't know enough Indonesian to facilitate the conversation. Alex just wanted to make sure we wouldn't go blind or die after drinking it.. lol. They let us try it before we bought it and it was damn strong stuff!

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Next we made a stop to look behind this wall which the government built to prevent people seeing an awesome view of this lake, so they would have to go in and pay further down the mountain! The wall conceals an amazing lake.

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When we got to Ruteng we found a place to stay for 30,000 rupiah each with free breakfast! Bargain.


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