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Kupang--Indonesia
08/11/2012

....And sunset in the Indian Ocean.

Kupang--Indonesia
08/11/2012

Sunrise in the Arafura Sea... We were three days and nights at sea--sometimes very rough--on our passage from Darwin, Australia to Kupang, Indonesia.

Kupang--Indonesia
08/11/2012

July 31, 2012 Wow! What a culture shcok! We anchored off of the town of Kupang, East Timor, Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The colors, smells, horns honking--all these things told us that we were no longer in Kansas. And if that did not convince us that we were in a unique and exotic place-- then the loudspeakers calling the faithful to prayer five times a day (starting at 4am) really punched it home. Welcome to Indonesia! After anchoring, we waited for the officials to come and inspect our boat for clearance. We cannot leave the boat until we have been cleared in-- and the wait was going to be long. But we were warned by the folks at Sail Indonesia Rally (we had joined this rally and highly recommend it) that to get by in Indonesia you must have patience and a smile-- especially when dealing with government officials. Later, a small powerboat banged along side our boat and five big burly guys came on board and sat in our small cockpit-- at least it seemed small with these big guys in it. Mucho, mucho forms later, five diet cokes and we were cleared in--initially. We were instructed to go ashore and finish the clearing in formalities. We launched our dink and went ashore. They have a group of guys on shore who will help you land and launch your dinghy and watch it all day while on the beach-- all for $40,000 Indonesian Rupiahs. That is about $4 USD-- it is hard to get used to the extra zeros when using Rupiahs-- you basically drop four zeros to get the US dollar amount. When we got to shore we were met by Ayub who showed us to the 'clearing in' room. There were about twenty officials sitting behind tables waiting to clear us in. Health, quarentine, customs, immigration, and finally the harbor master-- we ran the gauntlet in about 45 minutes and were officially cleared in! We stepped outside and went to Teddy's Bar for lunch and a few Bintangs. Bintang is the Indonesian beer-- and it is Yummy! That night we were guests at a big party hosted by the Provincial Governor. We had free great food, dancing by traditional Indonesian dancers, beautiful music, and long speeches. The governor welocmed us and we all drank ALOT of Bintang Beer--way too much fun!

Goodbye Australia
07/27/2012

One of the last things we visited in Darwin was the War Museum. I really wanted to visit this museum--Sherry went along to be nice. The Northern Terrietory was the only Australian area attacked by the Japanese in World War II. And they made a movie about the attack called 'Australia'--although they did stretch the truth. In all, there were over 200 sightings and or bombing raids against Australiama by the Japanese in the war. Many Darwinites died in the bombings and the U.S. warship Pirry was sunk by the Japanese in Darwin harbor.

Goodbye Australia
07/27/2012

This is Chris and Liz from S/V Rum Runner II. We had met them as we came up the east coast of Oz. They are true Aussies and they helped us with the language. We only understood about 63% of what the Aussies said--even Chris and Liz.

Goodbye Australia
07/27/2012

These are our new friends Ian and Angela on S/V Sea Eagle II. We met them coming up the eastern coast of Australia. They are Kiwi but the Aussies let them in anyway.

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