I traveled back to Banda Neira in November 2017 on a trip from Ambon to Alor on the Damai. It was a rainy day this time but the market was open and the people were out on the streets. I wandered through town and visited both of the old Dutch forts. We stopped at the museum to learn about the history of the islands and the massacre that occurred at Fort Nassau. The people were friendly and many of the children greeted me as I walked past the schools. We were treated to coffee, tea, and nutmeg jam in the afternoon. I photographed the long dragon boats in the park before we departed at the Hotel Maulana. I purchased some nutmeg jam this trip but it was confiscated in Bali by the custom agents before I could fly home. Bummer!
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