Day 653: As The Miller Told His Tale

15.10.10: First things first, I called the ferry company and found out when the next ship to Borneo was departing – not today but tomorrow, but that’s better than a slap in the face with a wet kipper. After ‘moving out’ of my hotel to the fleapit next door (come on – it had an en suite shower – it was totally out of my league!) I set out with John from the UK-Oz overland expedition to do two things: 1. buy a ferry ticket to Pontianak – which would get me to the island of Borneo and 2. find out what date the next Pelni ship left Bali for West Timor (East Timor will be country number 183). After we walked for a good half an hour we eventually found where the office for the ferry company used to be, back in 2008 when my…

Continue Reading Day 653: As The Miller Told His Tale

Day 652: You Don’t Know Jakarta

14.10.10: Thursday took a while to get going.  While my fellow travellers (in another cabin and arguably less full of Johnnie Walker) were rudely awoken at the crack of dawn by the call to prayer (which – don’t tell Osama – the vast majority ignored) I happily slept right through it – I also slept through the screaming babies, the over-amped cellphone jingles and the locals chatting at a volume that can only be described as ‘11’. Hooray for whisky. Incidentally, if I made an independently intelligent robot butler out of paperclips and Bovril I would not require him to worship me at 4am for two reasons.  One is that it would wake me up.  The other is that I’M NOT A TOTAL WEIRDO. Just saying… Anyway, a day mostly spent at sea.  There were some games of le tete merde and maybe I did some…

Continue Reading Day 652: You Don’t Know Jakarta