Resume Normal Blog. We Found Bill!!
02 September 2015 | Betio, Tarawa, Kirabati
Wednesday, September 2
Found Bill. We recruited the help of the Betio Police. Really. We saw a police car, and I thought I would ask if he knew where Bill's office is. This place is small, right? Bill is doing civil engineering improvements to the local drainage system. So, his work is very visible and just the thing a savy policeman would know about. So, after a few questions, he didn't know the location of the office, but he offered to help us find it. So, into the police car we went. Also in the car was a young policewoman who spoke better English than out very willing and helpful officer. Together, we got it done, found a vehicle from the company (CCB). We asked the guys if they knew where Bill was ("Yes, he is at the office."), and where is the office ("It is.... -spoken in very fast Kiribati, so we didn't understand a word, but the police people did.) nest thing you know, we were there. Many thanks to the Betio Police Department for their superb help and enjoyable ride together. Tarawa has its charm.
So then, we were going to have Bill over for dinner (Veggie Curry) and were set to pick him up at the wharf at 6:00pm, but this afternoon, the wind picked up, and the wind direction changed. This meant another Indiana Jones dinghy ride not just for us, but for poor Bill who is not a boat person. We didn't want him to get sick his first time on board, so we postponed the dinner.
So, our evening was spent enjoying watching the Southern Pearl, a small container ship come in and side tie during the rock and roll conditions. Professionals, they made it look easy. Southern Pearl, by the way, is the ship we met in Wallis. We were wondering if they had a container for the Wallisian market S.I.M. That container would be full of wonderful French cheese and other delights. Maybe, we could sneak aboard and pilfer.....
Then, a small Korean ship came in. Evidently they wanted to side tie at the wharf - yes, there is room, but they had to make a special approach to it. This approach involved coming through the anchorage, in between us and the local boat we are next to. It was pretty wild. They were quite close enough (in the bouncy conditions remember) that we could smile and wave to the passengers on the bow, so we did. It was fine, and very entertaining. After a number of tries, they got it done, but it was blowing and the fetch (waves) was pretty high, so they were challenged. All good mariners enjoying a mariner's day.
That then is the highlights of our day. What did you do today? Drop us a line, leave a comment, etc. We would love to know.
Rod and Elisabeth, "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"