My time on the island of Flores in Indonesia began to rush and I do not know for what reason. Maybe because I've been around for almost half a year here. I feel better and better here, I have more and more friends, I speak Indonesian, I help at the parish, I celebrate Eucharist for the nuns. In addition, there are various attractions which I can experience on my own. Last week, I had the chance to go to Kelimutu National Park with the new SVD missionaries.
The island of Flores impresses with its charm. The inhabitants speak about the North and the South Sea. The beaches of Maumere are calmer, because the sea waves are smaller in the north. On the contrary the beaches in the north, not far from Ende, are more beautiful, but it is not always possible to swim there, because the sea is more dangerous. One of the most beautiful places is Koka beach. There you can meet tourists from all over the world who enjoy the clean water, sunshine and sandy coasts. The entrance fee to the sea area is not too high and costs 20 000 Rp, which is around 1 Euro per car.
Last week we went on a trip to a place well known in the world – the Kelimutu National Park. We left early in the morning to see the beautiful lakes, which from time to time change their colours. These lakes are situated in the mountains area where the climate is very good. For that reason you can also admire many different species of tropical trees and plants there. There are tourists from all over the world who admire the beautiful Indonesian landscape. We were lucky because the weather was fine. In April, the rainy season is almost finished. Only the fog covered the hills above the lakes, but from time to time the sun appeared, and then it was possible to see the real wonders of nature. In addition, we were accompanied by a funny monkeys, which wanted to get the fruits. The journey was great and we could relax much.
Prayers of SVD
May the darkness of sin
and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word
and the Spirit of grace
and may the Heart of Jesus live
in the hearts of all people.
(Saint Arnold Janssen)