23/24 Jan 2016, Saturday and Sunday
These two days have been a break for the team – as they recharge to get ready for a heavy week coming up. We have two clinics Monday, then 3 collapsed clinics Tues and Wed back to two collapsed clinics. We will be busy and are running out of a lot of things. We have ordered more meds but next time will need to figure out how to get more supplies here for the team.
On Sat many of the group went on an “island hopping” tour. The boats here are very “Polynesian looking” with stabilizing arms at the sides and narrow hulls. The team swam in a cave with the bats and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Back to the hotel, dinner and then some had the energy for some Karaoke (or so I hear- lol).
John and Cal went fishing with the locals – used a “ball’ of fishing line and caught 26 fish before the wind kicked up.
The rest of us just stayed put with a book, the beach or catching up on emails.
Most of the team was up for breakfast at 6:30 then loaded into the Jeepney and headed to the wharf to go to Iloilo for the major festival in the city. It is one of the biggest festivals with the streets blocked off, music throughout the city and the city was packed. It was hot, crowded and extremely busy. Food vendors, music, native costumes and lots of activity. The staff hit the mall – got some souvenirs and made it back to the peace and quiet of the island for a swim.
The team made it to bed early- to get ready for a big day tomorrow.