Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Homo Bay, Pentecost
As dawn broke today a soaking drizzle covered the village of Pangi and Homo Bay.
Fortunately, the clinic was set up in the church building. If you are imagining a soaring Gothic building with stained glass windows, you need to remember this is Vanuatu, in the tropics. This church is a rectangular building, made of concrete, with walls up to waist high, then pillars to support the substantial roof and verandas on each side. The interior has a concrete floor and very little furniture. It was set up with sheets hanging from ropes to create rooms for some privacy for the various optical and dental treatments, unless you were outside – as the wall is only waist-high.
South Pentecost is famous for it’s land divers (the origin of bungy jumping), so some of the team took the opportunity at lunchtime to see the land diving towers. It’s not the season for land diving at the moment so there wasn’t any opportunity to participate.
Of the ship’s crew, Ray helped with the dental survey, and Jon and Mark were roped into getting the water samples. Grant stayed on board and cooked muffins.
The wind has swung around to the South East, so Chimere is lying quietly in the lee of the island.
Fair winds and smooth seas