Monday 4th March 2013
Sulawesi is an island in Indonesia. It is one of the four Sunda Islands and the world’s eleventh largest island and is situated between Borneo and The Maluku Islands. The strait of Makassar runs along the western side of the island and separates the island from Borneo.
One hundred and fifty guests got up early today to get a room service breakfast before leaving the ship at 7am for the eleven and a half hour tour to Torajaland. The main feature of the tour was the Tau-Tau life size effigies that symbolise the continuity of life and are placed on a cliff face to watch over the local village.
The people of Toraja spend their lives amassing wealth with the sole objective of providing for the finest funeral possible. Because of the cost of the funeral the ceremony is often delayed for years.
Needless to say we were not among the guests who took this tour but we did get up to wave them goodbye.
On the dock there were local children dancing and doing balancing tricks at the bottom of the gangway, so we gathered up the rest of our Seabourn chocolates and gave them to Handre who was at the top of the gangway to take down and give to the children as we were still in our PJs.
We had a lazy breakfast at 7:30am but there was hardly anyone else there and then at 9am we decided to go into the local town for a walk.
We walked around for about half an hour seeing a local church and some minaret towers and then chatted to some children in the local school – their English was so good. Everyone was so friendly even the local police officers wanted their photo taken with us.
We then took a trishaw for a quick tour of the town. The driver looked about ninety but insisted he could take both of us in one trishaw. At one point he was cycling the wrong side of the road but luckily the traffic parted to go either side of us. It was so hot and humid we soon decided to go back to the ship for a swim and a cold drink. This was followed by our usual noon day Coronas then lunch at The Colonnade where there was a heaven sent breeze.
Then it was back to the pool for the afternoon before Vance disappeared at 4:30pm for yet another massage.
The tour should have returned at about 6:30pm so we decided to have drinks on our balcony while we waited for the return of the weary travellers. They finally arrived at 7:15pm looking shattered but glad to be back to their Home Away From Home.
Then there was the quickest gangway retrieval ever as the ship should have sailed at 7pm…well done crew.
Before dinner we went for drinks with Margo as it was her birthday then met up with Irene & Alan (two of the weary travellers) for an al fresco dinner at The Grill and a catch-up on their day. There was a lovely breeze as we were now out at sea. After such an early start I think the whole of the ship had an early night…us included…zzzzz
Techie bits: On the 4th of March 7:10am we were:
4° south and 119° east
Travelling on a compass course 013°
Speed = 0 knots
Wind speed = 2 knots
Air temperature = 28°c (82°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 15222
Depth = 8 metres
Sunrise = 6:08am Sunset = 6:18pm