Peter and Dorothy on Neva

03 December 2009 | Marmaris, Turkey
30 April 2009 | Agios Nikolaos, Crete
28 April 2009 | Chania, Crete
27 April 2009 | Chania, Crete
23 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
21 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
20 April 2009 | Spinalonga, Crete
19 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
17 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
15 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
14 April 2009 | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
11 April 2009 | Suez Canal
10 April 2009 | Cairo, Egypt
02 April 2009 | Luxor, Egypt
01 April 2009 | Luxor, Egypt
27 March 2009 | Hurghada, Egypt
22 March 2009 | Quesir, Egypt
20 March 2009 | Port Ghalib, Egypt
17 March 2009 | Port Berenice, Sudan/Egypt border
17 March 2009 | Port Berenice, Sudan/Egypt border

Klotok

02 November 2008 | Kumai, Kalimantan, Indonesia
This is a klotok, a traditional river boat, which we chartered to take us 20 miles further up the river to see the orang-utans. For those of you old enough, if was very reminiscent of 'African Queen' with a diesel engine!

It had 2 levels - the lower, enclosed, level for the crew (skipper, mate, cook and guide) and the top, open level where four of us (we were with Ian and Viv from Paramour) rode, ate and slept. Every afternoon the heavens opened and we got a truly torrential jungle downpour (even Manchester rain bears no comparison to this!); at this point tarpaulins were dropped around the sides so that we proceeded in stately splendour in a pale blue cocoon. The 'western style toilet' (which was flushed by pouring a bucket of river water down it!) at the back of the boat had a door but no roof so we could wave at Peter and Ian (both 6' plus) when they took a pee!

It took us four hours to get to the head of the river -with the banks slowly closing in until the pandan palms and jungle trees that line the banks were brushing the boat on both sides.

Once we turned off the main tributary into the side channels, the water, which had been muddy with all the sediment from the logging and mining upstream (more of this later), turned a wonderful clear, clean tea colour.

At night we tied up on our own on the river bank, with strict instructions not to go swimming as there were crocs in the water (though unfortunately we didn't see any)! We had an amazingly varied and tasty supper (considering it was cooked in a tiny, hot cramped space below deck) accompanied by a cold Bintang (Indonesian beer) from the coolbox. By 8.30 (it goes dark at 6!) we were lying on lumpy mattresses draped with mozzie nets made from 1950's pattern lace curtains! We were assailed by the sounds of the jungle - calling frogs, chain-saw crickets (yes, that is EXACTLY what they sound like!), the sudden loud splash of a crocodile grabbing a midnight snack, and a rowdy dawn chorus of birds, supplemented with the most fearful territorial fight between two troupes of macaque monkeys.

What do you mean, how did we sleep?
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Vessel Name: Neva
Vessel Make/Model: Slocum 43
Hailing Port: Manchester
Crew: Peter and Dorothy
About: Peter Willmot and Dorothy Flynn
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