Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rained Out

Today it is raining in Pohnpei.


Everyone on Saipan told me to expect a lot of rain here. They were right. Man, were they right. The rain was so heavy last night that it kept waking me up. I could have slept through the invasion of Baghdad, but the rain here was so loud that I couldn't sleep.

On another note, I kept having dreams about Diana and her short Filipina friends. Must have been because I saw her on Thursday.

Yeah, so speaking of rain, my field trip to Nan Madol got canceled. I'll have to go there sometime during the week.

After our MIC learning exchange session yesterday I went back to the hotel with the intention of eating lunch and then driving around exploring the island. Yeah right. I fell asleep and didn't get up until 3:30.

I went out for my tour after I woke up. I didn't want to waste the light eating in the restaurant, so I went out with an empty stomach.

Hunger was no problem, though. There must be a food stand every 400 meters along the road. I just stopped at one for a quick snack and a drink.

Alright, so first things first. The MCT rented me a car for the week. Thank you, MCT.

It is one of those little box cars that you see everywhere in Japan, complete with a steering wheel on the right-hand side.

The map Mae gave me said that there is a paved road that hugs the coast and rings the island. I figured I'd take that road and hope for the best.

I knew this was going to be fun.

Pohnpei RoadThe road turned out to be pretty good. It was paved all the way and there were hardly any potholes. The island is green all the way around.

I drove slowly because the roads were wet, my steering wheel was on the wrong side, and I didn't really know where I was going. Willy told me that the speed limit was 25 mph, but I have a feeling that the school bus that almost ran me off the road was going a bit faster than that.

I passed by a lot of mangroves as I drove around.

Pohnpei MangroveThe mangroves were really pretty and the still water was so peaceful. There are hardly any on Saipan, but almost the entire island of Pohnpei seems to be ringed by them.

I also found lots of rivers.

Pohnpei RiverThe whole trip took me about three hours to complete and it was dark by the time I got back to the hotel. I had dinner in my hotel room and went to sleep pretty early.

Just a few thoughts:

-I was really excited to see bats. The last place I saw a bat in Micronesia was Anatahan. That was way back in 1995.

-The people here still use coconut fronds on some of their houses. On Saipan we only do that when we are trying to impress tourists.

-They have some of the problems we have with solid waste and junk cars, but they haven't paved over their island the way we have. I hope they never do.


Ian said...

That sounds amazing bro!!

jake rhymes with cake said...

hey angelo,

one of my best friends from lincoln, ne is teaching on pohnpei at a Seventh Day Adventist school. his name is Jovan Winnell -- fyi if you run into him.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

It has been great, but I haven't been able venture out into the island much since my round trip car ride.

I was in front of a computer all day, trying to figure out their hosting company.

Pain in the butt, but I finally figured it out after about 4 hours.