It is very impressive,but you wonder if the sacrifice has been worth it and if the people learned anything. People here still remember clearly the Japanese lookout post on the pointed mountain, the American bombardments and the Japanese airstrip on a small island in the river, where they also used cables and hooks like we did on the "KarelDoorman". And every foreigner here is received cordially and with applaus.
|The river here flows rapidly and you see a lot of these rafts passing by. On the front raft, they have built a kind of prow with a long steering sweep extending forward; then follow the other rafts, complete with small huts where you can see people sitting and cooking food.||Swarms of kids hang down in the water from the rear of the last raft. It all looks very peaceful and cosy and more and more I am inclined to try and spend a few weeks of vacation in this neighborhood!|