dispela dai mi bai klostu dai pinis by bobfoto

dispela dai mi bai klostu dai pinis

Ok, not the greatest shot... I mean it looks like a whole bunch of girls just wandering around, but there were one or two moments in Bougainville where I thought I might die. This was one of them. I hope you're comfortable.

On our drive down the coast towards the Meekamui, we stopped at the occasional small shop, bought some coke and twisties, chatted to the locals, delivered some mail. Our driver said to me that there was only one more stop to go. We had to stop at this all-girls High School. Sure, what could go wrong there?

As we drove in, we drove down this muddy boggy track through some tall grass... we were also 50kms from anywhere... I thought a very isolated and unique place for an all-girls High School. My Driver told me that it was safer for these girls to be isolated for 5 years and get an education. No distractions, no boys, no outside temptations, no boys, nothing to make impressionable girls wayward, no boys.

Father Austin sitting in the back of the Troopy, and his friends all started stirring me up, saying how interested the Bougainville girls would be if they saw a good looking white guy, they said it was good that the windows were tinted and the girls could not see in.

I started to get nervous.

We pulled up at the school and the driver said he would leave the engine running.... just in case. All he had to do was deliver some mail.

We sat in silence. Just the diesel engine bubbling along. The girls were between classes and were wandering around changing classrooms.

That's when I made my first mistake. I wound down the window.

That's when I made my second mistake. I aimed my big arse DSLR out of the window.

That's when I made my third mistake. I took the shot and then lowered the camera displaying my white face...

One of the girls, only one, just one, noticed. At the top of her teenage lungs she yelled out "White Man!" And then one hundred eyes looked at me.

I gave them a wave.

The driver off camera to the right, looked at me, then looked back at the girls. He started to hurry up back to the car. Meanwhile the girls started running towards the car. I wound up the window and started sweating. My colleagues in the back of the Troopy said "Start praying"

Our driver was now running, the girls were sprinting, I was sweating, maybe crying, definitely praying... ohshitohshitohshitohshit....

The driver made it back jumped in, and started to move the car in the muddy track, the girls were on the car, banging on the windows, trying to look inside, trying to get inside. My friends in the back said "they are going to tear you limb from limb white boy"

The driver lurched the car through the mud, the girls were still hanging on, some dropping off, some taking off through the paddock to the main road... they were going to cut us off at the pass. The driver continued, the car bounced and raced through the mud. The girls were all off now but still in pursuit.

I'msosorryi'msosorryi'msosorryi'msosorry!

We got to the main road, the land cruiser lumbered up to speed the girls were waiting but they knew not to take on such a beast of a car.

Our driver was now full of adrenalin... the next one hour of driving to the Meekamui was at break neck speed! I was relieved when he finally stopped in Arawa.

Photo taken 6 August 2008. Title reads: The day I almost died.
Sounds like quite the experience!
August 6th, 2012  
You tell the best descriptive tales Jason! I could visualise every second of that!!!
August 6th, 2012  
you are a talented storyteller my friend! :D happy you survived this attack!
August 6th, 2012  
You just had to take the shot.....Nice one.
August 6th, 2012  
o dear.....
August 6th, 2012  
Oh my giddy aunt!! Whatever were they going to do to you?! I went to an all girls school but male visitors (of any colour) were quite safe... most of the time :)
August 6th, 2012  
@alia_801 - Phew, glad I survived!

@onie - Thanks Leonie, think the Beatles in Hard Day's Night and you'd be close eh?

@agentzuckerguss - Thank you Katia... my next near-death experience in Bougainville is a little more dramatic, but that's a story for another day.

@jannkc - I couldn't help myself...

@houdiniem - I wonder what Bear Grylls would have done?

@filsie65 - I have no idea and I am glad I didn't hang around to find out! ;)
August 6th, 2012  
Great story and photo! You Rock Star you!
August 6th, 2012  
You cracked me up. You are a fab story teller
August 6th, 2012  
Lyn
Priceless - have my laughing out loud in my cubicle! ;-> I suspect that there were several occupants in the vehicle who were saying "serves you right!"
August 6th, 2012  
Now that's a story to go with a photo! Glad you made it out to share it!
August 6th, 2012  
Such a story just for this "ordinary" pic! good you took it to share this great adventure
August 6th, 2012  
I would have loved to see a pic of them AFTER you took this shot. Glad you made out alive.
August 6th, 2012  
OMG!
August 6th, 2012  
What a death that would have been for you.....hahahaha.
August 7th, 2012  
Falling of my chair laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 7th, 2012  
*lol* Thanks I needed that laugh for the day!
Isn't it funny though how quickly people learn what cameras look like and are? Even kids these days know how to act around them.
August 7th, 2012  
The capture may not be fantastic but the story certainly is.
August 7th, 2012  
@boatpainter - While I am no Justin Bieber... I am sure he wouldn't have shit himself like I did!

@tigerdreamer - Thanks Karen H :)

@lyno - Oh dear, hope the bosses didn't catch you checking out the 365 whilst at work!?!? Unless you have a cubicle set up at home? Fan of Dillbert?

@ptowncook - It was touch and go for a minute there!

@calliopef - Cheers Calliope :) By the way I love your 365 name there, is that your real name?

@tthompsonca - I was too scared to wind down the window again!

@webfoot - Lucky the Marist Father was in the backseat and God was our co-pilot!!!

@monika64 - Imagine the suffering!

@swilde - :D Glad you got a chuckle, the next near-death experience on that island ain't so funny... okay one bit it really funny, but the rest of it is horrific!

@neda - Indeed Neda, once the kids of PNG knew what a camera could do that were spellbound. Although the Polaroid on my last trip was a whole new world of magic, and the Holga just left them short-changed!

@tonydebont - I'm just warming up Tony. Sat, Sun and Mon will be my piece de resistance.
August 7th, 2012  
Beautiful capture of the crowd.
August 7th, 2012  
@sangwann - Cheers Dione, thanks!
August 7th, 2012  
@bobfoto thanks! unfortunately not, it´s the name of a character I created years ago when I was playing role play
August 7th, 2012  
You are such a funny bugger!
August 8th, 2012  
@calliopef - well it is a sweet name. I have never met anyone by that name... wonder if I will one day?
August 8th, 2012  
@kjarn - Thanks Kathy A :D
August 8th, 2012  
@bobfoto with all your travels you have better chance to find and if one day come to Brussels we can have a beer, even if it's not me real name :D
August 8th, 2012  
@calliopef - Sounds tasty!
August 8th, 2012  
@bobfoto Best beers are here!
August 8th, 2012  
@calliopef - Cheers!
August 8th, 2012  
I should not be laughing... But I am curled up in laughter here :) Brilliant!!!
August 8th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - Hee hee hee, always happy to share a laugh! ;)
August 9th, 2012  
((; what a story mate ! I bet your arse was twitching .. Lol. ... You would Never be seen again if they had got hold of you lol. Great story
August 10th, 2012  
I fell out of my seat and doubled over with laughter...had to get up and read the story again. No boys. White man. Did the car even have an "oh shit" handle? No boys. Man, that's tough. And I thought my HS was strict. You had a taste of celebrity. How was it? ;)
September 3rd, 2012  
@steveh - It was pucker time!

@hellcat - Like I said to Steve, it was pucker time!
September 3rd, 2012  
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