The Love Boat

Peace and love reigned on the ocean wave.  Gorgeous folk posed.

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Exotic food abounded.

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Weird art was draped in the stairwells between decks, including this beguiling Javanese nose horn player.

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Boys and girls looked thoughtfully on.

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Tigers and peacocks also….what the….tigers and peacocks ?  What could possibly go wrong there ?

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The whole animal Kingdom was in a foment.  The natural order was disturbed. Dolphins appeared to be leaping out of their pools and coming straight at you.

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I raced back to my cabin, badly in need of a coffee, and boy, did I find a coffee there !  My lovely cabin mate, Ricky, was whipping up a serving of his own home town Java, (except it was from Sumatra.)

Kopi Sidikalang, from Medan in Sumatra.

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It was unadulterated, pure stuff, Ricky assured me.  Only to be drunken in the morning and at lunchtime.

A heaping spoonful of the powder, add boiling water, then stick in a slice of the bark of the Kulit Manus tree.

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It was amazing, best coffee I’ve ever tasted.  I had a little chew on the Kulit Manus bark, it was bitter and woody st first then a sweetness came out of it.  Ricky was such a doll that when I expressed my delight and amazement he pulled a bag of it out of his case and presented it to me as a gift.  I’ll never get over the sweetness and generosity of our fellow Asians.  We rule !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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