Monday, January 5, 2015

Hambere Village, Kolombangara Island, Solomons

I moved from the town and island of Gizo for one night to the Hambere Village Stay on Kolombangara Island which is known for its extinct volcano-
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Hambere village is made up of 2 families - initially grandfathers plus all of their descendants. There are about 60 adults living here and many children. Everyone lives in these airy huts-
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We have our own hut, right on the water-
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This is is my bedroom - mosquito net and all, although I never saw a single one.  Apparently they don't like salt water-
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The bathroom was an outhouse, but a fancy one!
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Lunch was "just caught" King fish, coconut rice, baked sweet potatoes and a noodle/pepper dish-
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The school is closed for summer holidays but it's huge, providing dorms for 500+ students. This is one of the boy's dorms currently being remodelled-
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The village is Seventh Day Adventist and this is the school chapel-
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Teachers are all locals. This is one of the very basic classrooms in the high school with forms 6-13-
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Here is Joel, my new Aussie friend, in a hollowed out tree trunk that works as a great canoe!
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This gentleman was spearfishing all morning.  His catch was already sold and on its way to Honiara-
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These boys spend all day, everyday in the sea.  No computer games or cell phones for them!
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The island is very hospitable and quiet.  I came back to Gizo to make sure I wouldn't miss my plane tomorrow.  I don't think airlines operate on "Solomon time!"

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