Saturday 5th August 2017
We attended the welcome festivities on Monday, which began with some traditional dancing on the hotel lawn, the dances depicting the activities of picking and preparing the spices the islands are famous for. Then we listened to a couple of speeches which were thankfully not long and only one was in Indonesian and that was translated for us.
Ladies performing traditional spice island dances.
The music was played on chimes and drum by these two ladies. Speeches from the “Banda Tourism Board” and a local official.
There followed a very pleasant evening at the hotel restaurant with a buffet dinner and plenty of Bintang beer.
The Farewell BBQ was on Wednesday at the Cilu Bintang Hotel, where we had previously enjoyed drinks on the verandah one afternoon and a buffet dinner one evening. Aba, the owner, had once before asked if we wanted to stay at the hotel, and shown us the rooms, and we thought it would be nice to stay over on the night of the BBQ. At 350,000 rupiah (about £21), including breakfast, it was too good an offer to miss, so after a very nice evening of very short speeches, eating, drinking and chatting to fellow cruisers, we retired to our air-conditioned room, ensuite bathroom and comfy bed for the night. Such luxury!
The entrance to Cilu Bintang with VOC logos. Intricate patterning on the floor tiles.
The upstairs verandah looks out over the old fort and the volcano on the neighbouring island.
Cruising ladies having a chinwag on the verandah.
Our bed had a nutmeg carved into the headboard... and the wardrobe had one at the top too!
Steve testing the rocking chair in the courtyard outside our room. We joined Bob and Sue outside their room for drinks.
First attempt at group selfie – somebody wasn’t looking! Second and more successful attempt at group selfie.
Bubbles provided by Bob and Sue who were celebrating seven years at sea. Cheers!