Thursday, 31 January 2013

Day 3, passage from Palau to Philippines and our first unpleasant bureaucrat experience

It's now our third day out from Palau, but we have done excellent progress and are now well over halfway. And even luckier, it's been a pretty pleasant passage so far (fingers crossed) with nice wind from the quarter stern, sunny and only very few squalls at night that we have been able to dodge. The first day out was the best and we did 135 miles in the first 24 hours.

Checking out of Palau was supposed to be an easy affair, all the other cruisers we have known have checked our in less than 10 minutes. However, we were not to be so lucky. The customs were 2 1/2 hours late (very unusual apparently), but furthermore the woman tried to get us to pay yet another fee we had already paid, but we weren't given a receipt for. It's a long story, but in the end her office did find the record that we had paid. The worst thing was the manor of this woman, she was just so unpleasant and very unfriendly. All other Palauans we have met have all been super friendly and smiley, a shame that she should be our last impression. Anyway, we finally left Palau, which is most important, and there's a good chance we will meet more troublesome bureaucrats in Asia.

Position: 9,03.225N 128,44.68E
Miles so far 350 and miles to go180

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