SYNOPSIS:  About a night at the beach and a morning with the stone pebblers about the stars and the sun, chewing betel nuts and about smoking.

It was a long drive from Gemri’s village to the coast.  I had a choice between spending an early night at Soe, and driving on in the morning with Gemri, or driving 2 more hours today with Gemri’s brother Hanki and a driver, to spend one night at the ocean.  Yes, you guessed it — I chose the ocean.

Oetuna Beach is a favorite among locals.  For a small fee people can drive their motorbikes and cars to a guarded beach and even spend the night there hanging out in and around a covered pavilion.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY