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Published: November 5th 2011
Palm Tree Chop
This woman was chopping the insides of a palm tree that they break up and eat. Her blade was coming within centimeters of her feet on each swing. Women do most of the work in these villages......I might move here.
Throughout this journey, we have been stopping at villages along the way to see if they would be something that our boss might be interested in seeing. Each village has been located in incredibly remote areas that have really been untouched by current civilization. It's not a bad thing. It has been really interesting. I swear that I think we are pretty much the only white people that most of the locals in these villages have ever seen. The first village we pulled up to, called Yendi, was located right on the water. We dropped the anchor, and 5 minutes later there were 6 dugout canoes hovering around our stern, just curious, seeing what we were up to. They weren't trying to sell anything, they weren't begging for anything, they just wanted to have a look at us and our spaceship.
We went ashore and took a stroll through the village with one of our guides, who speaks Indonesian. The entire village pretty much came out to take a look at us. We saw many interesting things on this short walk back in time.
The second village we stopped at was called Kwantisore, and we had to 'check in'
The guy rockin the purple shorts was the 'harbormaster'. Looked like another vampire, smoking cigarettes and eating beetlenut.
at the park ranger station there. Myself and the ranger that was traveling with us went ashore to check in. He did not speak any English, which made it kind of interesting, as I was just escorting him around, to make sure that he was actually doing something for us. We had to find four specific people to hand over our park entrance permits to, and he took me on a wild goose chase through this village to find them.
We had to find a ranger, an army officer, the chief of police, and the harbormaster......from what I could gather. We walked all over this little village looking for them. The first guy was found pretty easily, as he was sitting around doing nothing right next to the dock. The second guy was out of the 'office', so we continued on. The third guy that we were looking for was the chief of police, and we found him standing on the street, watching another guy weedwack his yard. After him, we asked around and after a few more stops, we found the harbormaster. We eventually found them all, with the missing one popping out from around the corner with
I had just taken a picture of the two of them on my camera, and then showed it to them. I don't think that they'd ever seen anything like it and really didn't know what to make of it!
two machetes in hand, on our walk back to the tender. The whole time I was being spied on by all of the locals, children and adults alike, just out of curiosity of the tall white guy in clean clothes.
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