Saturday, February 18, 2006

Chapter 2...

Before I begin todays serial episode I would like all of your sympathy please. I have been back in the country for 5 days and have just been diagnosed with an ear infection and a throat infection, both on the right side of my head. I can't swallow and it hurts like hell!!! :o(
Sori lo mi.

Now for todays episode:

After leaving our friends on Ambrym our trip to Pentecost took something of a detour. Pull out your maps kids because this detour got quite complicated!
From southwest Ambrym we went across to the east coast of Malekula where we picked up some Rom dancers (a form of traditional dance), who were going to North Ambrym to dance at a festival. From Malekula we went back to West Ambrym to drop off more people, and from there to North Ambrym to drop off the Rom dancers. After that drop off we were finally on our way to our drop off point on Pentecost.

The map doesn't really give one an idea of how large the islands are or of the distance between them. I was led to believe that our trip from Port Vila to Pentecost would be quite quick, maybe 8 - 10 hours. It turns out that our detour added another 6 hours onto what should have been a 16 hour journey. We arrived at Melsisi, on the west coast of Pentecost, at 8pm Wednesday night, amid rough seas, pouring rain, total darkness and an impending electrical storm. Our journey had taken us 22hours on the boat.

It was on our way from Malekula to West Ambrym that Jin (another girl from my group) and I struck up a rather interesting friendship with the Rom dancers. Sitting upstairs in the open, sharing songs and laughter over rough seas, Jin and I were both surprised when one of the men turned to us and said "You know the stories about men from Malekula don't you?"
"No" we replied in perfect unison.
The man's eyes gleamed and his smile grew wider as he said " we eat people." Jin and I looked back at him, our eyes wide with disbelief, and the man's eyes gleamed even brighter and his grin became more mischievious as he hissed "Man taste sweet, like fish." Jin and I looked at one another not knowing whether or not this guy was having a joke at our expense, while all the other Rom dancers collapsed about laughing.
It turns out that the last known incidence of cannibalism in Vanuatu occurred on Malekula about 50 years ago, so it was definitely within living memory of some of the Rom dancers.


To be continued...

17 Comments:

At 9:46 am, Blogger panthergirl said...

YIKES!!!!!!!

Welcome back, woman!! Anxious to hear how this one ends...

Here via michele!

 
At 10:14 am, Blogger Carmi said...

I'm so sorry to hear you're ill, Yaeli. Talk about a welcome home gift.

I wish you a swift recovery so that you can enjoy your first little while back home.

You've been missed.

 
At 6:51 pm, Blogger Malinda777 said...

Hope you feel better soon.

Here from Michele

 
At 6:53 pm, Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me to Australia to see the lovely Yaeli. And what a sight she is to see!

I hope you feel better soon, Yaeli. Australia must be rough territory compared to Vanuatu since you got sick so soon upon your return!

It does indeed sound like the dancers were having a little fun with you and your friend, Yaeli. As for the 50 years since cannibalism--Hell, both Australia and the US have cases pretty much every year. Sounds to me like the Islands of Vanuatu might be safer!

 
At 7:26 pm, Blogger -E said...

I hope you feel better soon. I hate when its all on the same side of your head and it kills to swallow. So take care of yourself.

Michele sent me.

 
At 8:10 pm, Blogger Emma_Gold said...

my llama poo.....
i misses you....

 
At 8:49 am, Blogger Lisa said...

Glad to see you back, but sorry that you are ill! I loved today's installment. I'm sure the dancer/cannibal had you very nervous! lol! Michele sent me

 
At 8:55 am, Anonymous Nikki-ann said...

I hope you feel better soon. Take care :)

Here via Michele's!

 
At 11:51 am, Blogger Shane said...

Did you hear the one about the cannibal who passed his friend in the woods?

 
At 12:17 pm, Blogger Viamarie said...

Hi there! I'm visiting from Michele's. Hope you're okay now. Enjoy your weekend!

 
At 12:19 pm, Blogger Carmi said...

Hi Yaeli. Thanks so much for your encouraging words on my blog. It's wonderful to have you back.

 
At 2:04 pm, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Good Lord!!! Fifty years is not that long ago!!! And they were still eating people then?????HELP!!!
Didn't that scare the hell outr of you both? Incredible story!

Here from Michele tonight.

 
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