Tuesday, January 3, 2012
OK, time to finish off my section on Marakei
The following are semi-random items ...
if I spend any more time, I might miss something!
The finished product.
They make one for visitors when they depart, or
attend special events.
I have 5 sitting on my counter at the moment.
Just wish there was a way to preserve them ...
They were practicing for the upcoming Christmas singing
and dancing competition.
Of course, we had to dance as well ... they love a good laugh!
The sillier you are, the better!
among the fastest in the Pacific.
To reverse directions, the sail is just unattached from
one end, and attached to the other.
Here a man is preparing some muimoto for us.
The liquid in the coconut is so pure it was injected
intravenously during a cholera epidemic some time ago.
Also known as a mantis shrimp.
I think these girls were on their way to church ...
though it seems they usually wear white to church.
They are happy and gorgeous, none the less!
because it is a circular atoll and you can ride all the
way around in one day.
Maintenance is something that doesn't get
high priority from what I've seen in Kiribati.
Of course, it could take months for a spare part to make it there
... and they are expensive.
Heard of one man having to take out a loan to get a door
for his house ...
The Marakei Airport
Doesn't have to be too flash if it's only used a couple hours a week.
You don't even have to take your shoes off at security!
Wait! Most people don't wear shoes!
You do see some interesting things here ...
Pilot and co-pilot?
friendliest people ... do these 5 sisters
look a little cheeky, or what!
Trying to get them to all look at the camera as the eldest took
our picture was fun ... the girls on either side of me
are Mo Mo and Sara ... the other's names
were much harder to pronounce and remember!
Funny thing was, we were there the day before and didn't
see any of these girls ... but several other kids ... who
I didn't see this time. Happens often!
A lot of hand labour here ... but everyone pitches in to help.
that's right ... there is no concrete mixer in the picture.
Everything was being mixed by hand!
Even the police are helpful!
Here the chief officer is loaded with our backpacks ...
he took them to the airport so we could walk the distance.
I was hoping he didn't get stopped for being overloaded!
Not that that ever happens!
Lastly, even though this wasn't taken on Marakei ....
when we returned, we were invited by the MP
from Marakei, to join him at the president's maneaba.
President Tong asked us to sit next to him and offered
us a beer ... even though it was VB, I couldn't turn it down!
Where else could you sit next to the president ...
and be offered a beer!
I was very impressed!