Pak Stephanus can hardly believe it. But it is so. After nearly 30 years, I stay at his hotel Sindah in Ruteng again.
The then brand-new rooms have degenerated into rundown holes. On the other hand are the rooms in the new building with a fantastic view a dream.
From the sleepy nest, a vibrant town has grown. Unfortunately, the direct flight from Denpasar to Ruteng is already suspended again. So I fly in just slightly over an hour from Bali to Labuanbajo.
From the coastal town in the far west of the island I drive over the excellently developed Trans-Flores road in unbelievable four hours to Ruteng. Thirty years ago I needed twice as much for this stretch of about 120 kilometers!
The "Hello Mister!" shouts have fallen silent.