02.01.2016 - 02.01.2016 20 °C
Even though the chest cold is sooo annoying we long suffering travellers set off agin around 7.30. Another yummy breakfast was of course had before departure. Rather chilly and overcast. The day was quickly brightened meeting a friend of a number of years and hearing all her news about engagement, wedding etc etc. She was sure excited about it all. She was accompanied by he new friend.
We had a similar distance to cover as the previous day, about two hours & three communities, but different vistas. Most of these communities go under as the wet progresses and the tide heights increase.
All the communities were very isolated and poor. Not the healthiest places to live during the wet.
One community was a nightmare to slog into and out of. Of course the welcome is gracious and with much smiling, singing and hand clasping.
We followed this with another 'horrible' lunch. There were 11 of us this day. Fed us all at a street family run place for A$50 including 6 half liter beers. Fantastic.
after lunch we went to a small community near a Catholic male religious orders grounds. The gathering with the community went very well and all departed with great smiles. What was upsetting was that this large property is under attack from the local police and local Govt' officials. Apparently
they forcibly took over a large section of the property a few years ago and are now back for the rest. A good part of 100 hectares if you don't mind. Taking over means 'stealing' the land and selling it for personal gain, even though you have the paper-work to prove you are the owner. Many religious and other groups suffer in this way from the Communist government's attitude of we'll do what we want, I'm the boss. Some members of this order were camped on the edge of the property to chase off officials. In Saigon I know 2 families in similar situations on much smaller properties who pay officials yearly. Maybe we just call them rates !!!
Was such a sad story to hear. Again nothing about what these religious were doing to assist the very poor local community.