Day 105, Year 3: Mausambi Bay to Riung
Date: Hari Jumat (Friday), Bulan Agustus 22, Pada Tahan 2008
Weather: More Flores Sunshine; Absolutely No Wind for Sailing
Latitude: 08 degrees 24.623 minutes S
Longitude: 121 degrees 01.692 minutes E
Location: Riung, Flores Island, Nusa Tengarra Province, Indonesia

There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to when the winds blow or from where they blow as we make our way west across the Indonesian Archipelago. Today there was very little wind, but what wind there was clocked around coming first from the south and then clocking around to the north and then back to the south. Regardless, we made it to our destination of Riung. As soon as we arrived, Mark went ashore with Robert of Shirena and Jean-Pierre of Safina to see if they could find “the Pastor.” We had
read an account that said this Polish man has lived here for 40 years and will cook dinner for you in his little restaurant in a hotel. We didn’t know what hotel, but when the guys walked into town, they realized that the word “hotel” was a bit of an exaggeration. This is a tiny little town compared to others we have visited and rough backpacker home stays are as good as it gets here. But they did find the right place. Unfortunately “the Pastor” was not there and with the language differences,
it was impossible to find out when he would return. Robert is from Poland and it would have been neat for him to meet this guy, but that wasn’t in the cards for today. Maybe tomorrow.

We are going to stay here for a day and see if we can find a guide to take us snorkeling tomorrow. We know there is wonderful snorkeling here in the out islands, but we don’t know which ones. So going with a guide would be a good thing.

We walked into town with Scott Free, Safina, and Shirena and got a glimpse of the homes near the harbor that stand on stilts to avoid the water at high tide. There are many interesting things here, so we will do a little more exploring tomorrow.

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