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We have boarded the plane from Darwin to Gove in Arnhem Land. The flight takes over an hour in the airliner with seating for 76 passengers. As usual most of the passengers are Caucasian, with one or two Aboriginals on board. The Caucasian people are all connected to the bauxite mine located at the Gove peninsula.

 

During the flight, Janneke donates her meal to an old Aboriginal man who appears to have been forgotten during cabin service. Later, when we drive from the airport to home we see the old man again, walking along the side of the road. We give him a lift to the turn-off to Yirrkala. He still has some 7 km to walk. The temperature has risen to 31 degrees already. Fortunately they are used to it. We drive on to Nhulunbuy, approximately 12 km from the airport, where our MAF home is located.

 

It feels warm compared to Darwin and we've got to get used to it again. The boys love coming home and go straight for their bedrooms. The lego is taken out of the cupboard and they are right into it. Because it's quite early in the day, Janneke goes to unpack our suitcases to find a good spot for all the things and clothes. René still has two days off and we use these days to bring some order in the house. There is always something to do in and around the home, especially after having been away for three months! It helps to feel ourselves at home.

On Tuesday, Janneke receives two phone calls from Yolŋu women from Milingimbi who have heard we're back. They call to say hello and 'Welcome back to Australia'. They say they miss us and ask when we will come back to Milingimbi. We know this is only possible as relief when the pilot based there goes on holidays and sadly can't answer their question. But it's nice to know they care about us!

Weather 32° Partly cloudy

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