Buka na mi lusim skin na blod bilong mi by bobfoto

Buka na mi lusim skin na blod bilong mi

So later I awoke. At first I was unsure of where I was, this was not my bed, this was not my house. I groggily looked around, I was still bleeding, but there were bandages and bits of gauze and tape. My head was spinning, where was I?

I saw my pack and realised that I was travelling, but where and why was I bandaged?

I tried to get up, I was sore, I was stiff, everything ached. My hands were swollen like that time the bee stung me, I had Mickey Mouse hands... I got dressed and stepped outside into the sun.

Like the sun each day, it dawned on me. I was in Bougainville and I had trashed myself on that fucking reef. I needed a beer. I wandered down to the resort bar, and grabbed a beer and a chair. Oh that's the spot. I sat and stared out at Buka Passage. That blue water was still blue, was still flowing at 18kts still reinventing itself over and over again.

A man approached me and apologised to me for my wounds. I brushed him off, I was in little mood for a conversation. He told me who he was and I was none the wiser, but he continued; he was a wealthy business man who enjoyed having sex with young men and girls on Asian holidays and told me that I should travel one time with him to Singapore, his favourite sex destination.

I really was not interested.

He told me that the Chillie Crab was amazing and although not on the menu, he was sure he could get the cook to rustle up a feed for us, his shout! He wanted to buy expensive wine and spirits and he was keen to let his hair down... and my hair down.

I really wasn't interested. I was sore, still bloody from the reef wounds and just wanted a quiet beer.

This guy wasn't going to accept no for an answer.

But then, a bunch of Aussies showed up and I knew these guys from early in the week. They were 4 Doctors and 2 Nurses who were teaching Craniofacial Surgery and performing Cleft Pallet surgery on many of the Bougainville Kids.

I waved to my saviours, told the businessman that I was having to leave him alone and joined the Hospital bunch for a fresh beer and a chat.

They saw me hobbling and well they wanted to know the full story, so I told them. The Doctors all said "just a graze, you'll be alright", whereas the Nurses took me back to my room for a better examination and cleaning of my wounds.

I was starting to feel a little better.

Later we sat around and one of the Doctors had a dodgy Canon DSLR so we tried a few bulb shots of Sohano Island.

I was rescued.

To be continued...

Photo taken 8 August 2008 at Kuri Resort, Buka.

Oh and over at The Seven: http://365project.org/theseven/365/2012-08-14
phew...and cracking shot
August 14th, 2012  
@houdiniem - Thank you Miss Tull :)
August 14th, 2012  
Oh wow what a great story.....and a wonderful shot. Souns like you needed the calm of this view to recover, oh and a few beers and some Aussie nurses! :-)
August 14th, 2012  
Beautiful blue- I cant see where you could get injured in that serene water. Glad your friends happened by....
August 14th, 2012  
Thank goodness - a beautiful shot and salvation of sorts! That bloke sounded creepy but I bet the nurses cheered you up :)
Glorious blues and you can't beat a sunset reflected over water...
August 14th, 2012  
Funny, both extremes of human nature, angles to tend you wounds and that depraved scum who should be locked up !! Love the picture too.
August 14th, 2012  
ok so tuning in to hear the rest of this story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and see your pic
August 14th, 2012  
@Cherrill - I had a few wounds in hard to reach places....

@jannkc - Jann, you need to read yesterday's photo in order to discover the reasons for my injuries. ;)

@filsie65 @tonydebont - I forgot to mention that the Businessman died a year or so ago of a HIV related illness. Glad he didn't buy me that Chillie Crab...
August 14th, 2012  
@debsulzberger - this one still has a bit more life in her...
August 14th, 2012  
Totally fabulous shot tonight. .. and enough of feeling sorry for yourself
August 14th, 2012  
@swilde - That's what the nurses said...
August 14th, 2012  
nice :-)
August 14th, 2012  
@abhijit - Thanks Abhijit :)
August 14th, 2012  
fav photo Jason very Interesting story glad that the group of Doctors and Nurses turned up as the saying goes In England saved by the Bell.
August 14th, 2012  
@bobfoto Just desserts to that fundamental oroffice (sp ??) O-)
August 14th, 2012  
Starting to recover, phew! I had a chuckle at the docs response, one of Pauls favorite sayings is" just a scratch, you'll be right"
Love that Olympis blue!
August 14th, 2012  
You really should publish your PNG journal, your story is fantastic and the photos piece it all together.
August 14th, 2012  
good for today, I have a feeling more is coming that will have us all tense again. Great story weaving.
August 14th, 2012  
Very pretty, and can't wait for the rest of the story...
August 14th, 2012  
Sending you lots of little hearts. A beautiful photo. Please stay well my friend. I look forward to hearing more of your story.
August 14th, 2012  
Just beautiful!
August 14th, 2012  
Sounds like the business man liked your long wavy locks :-x Awesome photo.. another awesome story
August 14th, 2012  
Gorgeous shot! I am sorry the reef tangled with you. I am glad the Aussies came along and saved you from the slime ball.
August 15th, 2012  
@gerry - Saved indeed Gerry! Thank you.

@tonydebont - I reckon.

@onie - I expected it from the Doctors.

@judithdeacon - Thanks Judith, who knows what will happen at the end of the year eh?

@tigerdreamer - Part 3 about to start.

@geocacheking - Oh Mr T, see my above comment to Karen H :)

@luvthyclassics - Thank you for those hearts Jesse, they are happily accepted. I kinda survived.

@httpgeffed - Thanks Colleen.

@michelleyoung @daisy - I mentioned it in the thread, but forgot to say that the "slimeball" died of an HIV related illness a year or so ago... silly bugger.
August 15th, 2012  
@bobfoto I will wait with baited breath!
August 15th, 2012  
@judithdeacon - I'll keep youse all informed..
August 15th, 2012  
Beautiful capture. Great story so far. On vacation, and your tale is better then the book I've been reading. You have a bit of Hemingway to your writing. You should definitely consider publishing. Cheers for the docs and more importantly, the nurses.
August 15th, 2012  
idyllic
August 15th, 2012  
Loving this latest story and love the blues in the photo.
August 16th, 2012  
@losthorizon - Why thank you Beau, the Hemmingway reference will certainly boost my pride, may have to puff out my chest for a brief moment in time. For self gratification of course! And yes, three cheers for the bedside manner of Nurses. Hip hip!

@cindy - Thanks Cindy :)

@kjarn - Oh the blues were beautiful in Bougainville!
August 16th, 2012  
Beautiful shot, the way you tell your story is very captivating. Take care.
August 16th, 2012  
@ruthmouch - Why thank you Ruth. I do normally tend to take care, but I forget from time to time...
August 16th, 2012  
I enjoy reading your little stories that follow with the most amazing pictures, this is stunningly beautiful.
August 17th, 2012  
@anotherdreamer - Thanks, this was a 30 second exposure... I haven't played around much with long exposures and I liked how this one came out. :)
August 17th, 2012  
wonderful shot! :) and good to hear you find some time to rest!
August 23rd, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - more like passed out rather than resting...
August 24th, 2012  
How random is that? Some guy walking up to you and trying to liquour you up? Does that happen to you a lot? You might want a body guard. Glad the nurses took care of you (I tend to like them better than doctors myself). And this is really pretty!
September 15th, 2012  
@hellcat - The guy had a bit of a reputation in Moresby and I only worked out who he was later. I like to think I was maybe a little too old for his taste...
September 15th, 2012  
Aw, don't be so silly... He liked you.
September 16th, 2012  
@hellcat - I'm sure he did, but his tales of pedophilia was not doing much for me.... douchebag.
September 16th, 2012  
True that... Are there laws there to protect the young?
September 16th, 2012  
@hellcat - he was referring to his exploits in Malaysia, and other SE Asian countries. In PNG, Homosexuality is still illegal and a few years back a few men were taken to trial over the exploitation of PNG's male youth... this guy was allegedly involved somehow.
September 16th, 2012  
Creepy.
September 16th, 2012  
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