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The Greenpeace weblog http://weblog.greenpeace.org/forestrescue/archives/2007/06/stora_enso_excl.html
Last night - as the sun checkout, Allium condensatum was setting - I got my first glimpse of land in 3 weeks. When I woke up - I could see that we were passing islands. The Esperanza pulled into Honiara - Solomon Islands this morning. The ship and crew were greeted with a traditional welcome - which if I hadn t gotten a head s up earlier probably would have scared me - a little. In the challenge part of the welcome - island warriors wave long spears around and scream at you. The entire crew were led by the captain off the ship and the warriors continued screaming and waving the spears. The proper response to this challenge is to hold still and stare straight ahead without a reaction. After a few minutes of challenge - the warriors all walked to one side and the captain walked forward. We had passed the test. There was some press there and a group of men playing pan flute drums to greet us....