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Jun 8, 2013 - Zero and betel nut!

Up early and to the dining room for our free continental breakfast – toast, cereal, a bit of fruit and papaya juice. Alice wanted some meat so we ordered two sausages and two bacon strips - $16… Ouch. Sunny day though. Back to the room and still no internet – then to the desk and was told the servers are still down. Maybe this afternoon?? In any event I scheduled a 4 hour tour to the local sights – Alice wanted to spend the day at the pool and beach. We’ll see how that works out. About 10:00 I met Lawrence and Vivian at the desk and off we...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Off to Kokopo

A fairly easy day = and much to my surprise no issues from the water!. We got up around 7:30 and started packing our bags. I ate some breakfast and then we toted the bags down to the desk. Settled up the bill, loaded up the van, and Suzie drove us off to Kokopo. The road was normally crowded but many of the vehicles (few cars, many trucks) were flying red or blue flags – opposing rugby teams. Suzie gave a running commentary on the half hour ride to Kokopo – everything from her time in an Australian Boarding school to what types of foods...

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Jun 6, 2013 - At the Village

Up early and take a walk through the destroyed town. Cut through fields that used to be people’s houses and passed what were once elegant hotels. An eerie feeling in some ways, with bits and pieces (trees, flowers) left over from 20 years ago still blooming but mostly nothing. Also stopped in at the Rabaul Yacht Club – with two boats – and passed over an open sewer coming from the Travel Lodge (now an apartment building). Then to the Montevideo Maru memorial – over 1000 prisoners – both military and civilian, went down when the ship was...

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Jun 5, 2013 - A water wonderland

Last night at dinner there was a raging storm with very heavy rain as we were eating dinner. The lights went out three or four times but the hotel has a backup generator so they came back on in only about five seconds. Power outages have been common but only five to ten seconds at a time. The government isn’t doing anything to improve the infrastructure here as most of the town is a “red zone.” You can repair what exists but cannot build anything new. Later that night I finally got access to the internet so graded my web classes and updated...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Scary white people and the volcano

We got up at 7:30 to do the harbor and volcano tour but… no one showed up. I used the time to explore the bunker at the hotel – painted with pictures of WW2 stuff including some nose are from bombers. The place is currently used as a shooting range. We finally found out that the boat that was to take us had broken down and would not be fixed until 1:00. Suzie showed up and sent us off on a different adventure to fill up the morning. We drove with Eddie – very talkative guy – through a road where they had originally dug a tunnel through the...

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Jun 3, 2013 - More than planned in Rabaul

I woke up about 5:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep so I read a bit. Alice finally got up at 8:30 – she slept for over 12 hours (though she said she was up for a while during the night). We showered and went down to breakfast – she had French Toast and I had a couple of eggs. The Australians came in a bit later and ate with us. One of them had a traditional Australian (and English) breakfast – beans on toast. On the way back to the room we met Suzie – the owner of the hotel. She was here in the 1994 eruption, Anyway, she was very...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Finally in Rabaul

Then to Rabaul. The flight to Kopoko Airport was bumpy but not too bad – other than the smell. Alice began to feel a little ill as well. Once there we found our driver (Robert) and there were two other guests (Molly and Mary from Australia) who were there to visit Molly’s grandfather’s grave – He was shot down in 1942. The road to Rabaul was… interesting to say the least. Crowds of people in Kopoko – a soccer match had just finished. Many brightly colored clothes - well over half of the people with “tawny” hair – a trait also found in...

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Mar 5, 2009 - John's Corner: Rabaul, Papau New Guinea

Today we went to Rabaul, PNG. The town sat right next to an active Volcano. There was a constant rain of ash emitted from the volcano and onto Rabaul. It was so thick that all the residents could do was pile it up and build on top of it. We drove out to the edge of what used to be downtown Rabaul, but was now a dessert of ash from the last eruption in 1994. We walked across it climbed through the trenches that were carved by the rain and led to the beach on our right. It was strange how there was no sand, seaweed, or fish in the nearby...

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Mar 1, 2007 - Rabaul, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

We arrived at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea at 6am this morning on St David's day. The town is on the Bismarck Archipelago and located on the island of New Britain, north east of New Guinea in Papua New Guinea. The ship stood offshore about a mile from Simpson Harbour in a sheltered inlet off Blanche Bay. The area is made fertile by active volcanoes and before world war II Rabaul was the largest European town in the New Guinea region surrounded by numerous European plantations. Rabaul was the capital of New Guinea but in 1941 the capital shifted...

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