Riung with no dragons
CR and KN Williams
Fri 26 Aug 2011 12:58
Friday 26th August,2011
Went on a couple of trips here which were fun although the lorry was not too comfy for the first and the fishing boat made us very wet on the second.
First was to a village where the children did a welcome dance which lasted less than 10mins and was excellant. They laid on delicious food and were altogether charming; sadly I cannot download the video of the children dancing.
Second trip was to see bats and Komodo dragons.
First we had a trip in a fishing boat to see a load of bats and then went on to see the dragons, getting off the boat was a trial
but once on dry land we only had a small mountain to climb before arriving at the place where the dragons were; their table manners might leave a little to be desired.
Getting 50 people to shut up proved an impossible task and by the time we arrived the dragons had legged it, not to return.
I wondered whether the guide had a lottery ticket for the length of time he could keep 50 tourists silent and motionless under the hot sun; 45 mins was the winner. Thankfully the first to arrive managed to take a few photographs before the rest of us scared them off.
The Riung anchorage is now almost empty (we decided to spend an extra day doing almost nothing). The Regent paid a special visit to one boat (not us) and someone saw the awful Blair's gin palace on their way out. Thankfully they stayed well away from the hoi poloi and have now gone to earn another dishonest penny no doubt.
Sitting for 45 minutes with wet knickers staring at a dead goat was interesting 'adventure tourism'. Hopefully we will see some dragons in Komodo in a few days.We then went to a lovely beach for snorkelling. Keith has already had his swim for the year so sat in the shade with a Bintang.
He dumbfounded me by leaping overboard at 6 a.m. to try and free the remnants of rope from our propellor. We both failed and found a local lad with a scuba tank who spent 25 minutes underwater cutting the stuff off. His 8 year old daughter Stefi came too and drank some revolting cherry fanta I bought by mistake and was very happy with a notepad and pen (I bought lots in Darwin). We keep seeing her round the village and she grins and waves.
We are probably moving on tomorrow but will be sad to leave this place. Found a lovely restaurant too.