Rabual, Papua New Guinea – 1st March 2013

Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
Trip End Apr 24, 2013

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Rabual, Papua New Guinea – 1st March 2013 

We sailed into the Harbour of Rabual at around 7.00 am and were greeted by the most wonderful scenery surrounding the active TAVURVUR volcano immediately outside our bedroom window. Steam vented from the top of the volcano and the expected dust clouds were absent when we arrived.  The temperature was extremely hot and muggy and after breakfast we left the Aurora only to be greeted by local tribesmen giving us a display of their tribal dances. 

We had been warned not to have high expectations of the area.  Only two trips were on offer .  These were to visit Japanese War relics and tunnels, and up close with the Volcanoes.  We however opted to walk round and meet some of the locals.  Hopefully our pictures tell the story of Rabual, with roads that had extremely big pot holes, no covers on the drains and people living in houses made of corrugated tin.  The picture of the children under one of these houses shows three families living together in this house, but they had a television aerial!  The children just lifted the roof and shouted to us!   The picture of the young boy who had a good command of English, declined to tell us why he was not in school!  The family at the gates of the dock yard, where Aurora was moored, stood there all day – you can see the firm grip mum had of her youngest child.  When we returned to the ship the children's feet were covered in the chocolate papers that are found on the sweets left on our pillows every night!  Despite the fact, we had clearly been warned not to give the children sweets as Papua New Guinea does not have a dentist in the area.

During our walk we passed a flourishing market of fruit and vegetables.  There was even tobacco leaves dried ready for a smoke by the local men;   peanuts still on the roots that had recently been picked from the local fields.   There did not seem to be a shortage of food, the supermarket well stocked and the community well dressed.  The roads were dirt tracks and houses well below western standards, but people who went further afield on trips said that this was not always the norm

On return to the Aurora we escaped to our air conditioned room, cold shower, and then sat on the balcony, until the volcano had a plume of dirty brown ash showering down upon us.  Hopefully we got some good photos, but they seem to be lacking a bit in colour.  We escaped back into the room!

Our ship was due to depart at 4.00 pm but unfortunately a female passenger had to be taken to Rabual Airport for evacuation by the Flying Doctor from Darwin, Australia, due to a sudden illness.  We had to wait for the doctor and nurse to return to the Aurora once the lady had been safely put on the Medical Aircraft.    After 6.00 pm when we were waiting to go, the Captain banned people from going out on deck due to the mosquitoes and possibility of malaria.  We are taking our Malarone!  We finally sailed away at 8.00 pm.

Since leaving Cairns we heard that a male passenger slipped and fell off the tender between the tender and the Aurora, breaking his shoulder blade.  Dad did see a man sporting a closely fitted sling this morning.  It all happens on the Aurora!!

Lots of Love

Jill and Ivor

Mum and Dad

Grandma and Grandad X X X X X X X
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owe on

Hi to you both,
You sure see life on the Aurora, you will have to write a book when you get back.Accidents happen so quickly.I enjoyed my stay in Japan, didnt get to Kyoto but did see a huge golden statue arent they amazing and as you said the gardens are all so beutiful.Take care love Jan and Owen.

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