Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sitting Waiting Wishing

I'm at Phil's house on Savai'i this weekend, and I don't really feel like writing the usual 500-word post, so I'm just going to say my piece here and post some pictures and let that suffice. I planned on taking the 8:00 a.m. boat yesterday, but woke up late and ended up getting to the wharf in time for the 12:00 p.m. boat. Unfortunately there was no boat at 12:00 p.m., so I had to sit at the wharf for a couple hours until the 2:00 p.m. boat showed up. These pictures are from that wait.

I hope you're well.

The waiting area through which passengers normally get on the boat is closed so everyone had to wait in the main area. People were bored. Many laid down and took naps. Like me.

This guy played guitar. He is blind. He sang funny songs in Samoan, most of which I didn't understand. One of them had a verse that ended with "fa'afafine fa'alavelave".

When the ticket booth finally opened, there was a small riot.

These boys stood outside along the dock.

With the waiting area closed, it was difficult to manage the crowd.

The boat that finally showed up at 2:00 p.m. was the smallest of Samoa Shipping Corporation's ferries. There was much angry tsking. Tomorrow I'll tell you about what it's like to take the little boat.

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