Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We boarded the passenger boat, the Sfendoni, at noon Tuesday. Boat decorated w/flags. I had brought an American flag which was put at the front of the boat below the Palestinian flag which was below the EU flag.
The 54 passengers on this boat alone are from over a dozen countries (flotilla overall from between 30 and 40). Two doctors. There are also journalists on board, including Abbas Nasser (al Jazeera) who heroically covered the 2006 invasion of Lebanon. No American journalists.
We waited and waited at the dock. I started taking bets as to when we actually would leave. I collected 12 euros.
We finally left Piraes at 8:43pm on Tuesday evening (after having moved once for the Greek authorities to check the passports of all the passengers).
By morning all three flags were down & the A-flag was missing. Either the wind had torn it off overnight or someone on the boat was unhappy with it, just the flag. All are very happy to have FPM folks on board.
At around 10:30am we met up with the Greek cargo ship, the Free Mediterranean. We waved & chanted Free Palestine & Free Gaza to each other. It was thrilling!!!
So far as I know no one has gotten seasick (the waters are very calm).
We docked in Rhodes at 7:30pm Wednesday, stayed overnight. Showers, yay!. Today is Thursday and we will be leaving shortly for the long haul.
That's all I have time for now.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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