I was woken by very loud chopper noise this morning (from the heliport) which seemed to go on for an hour between 5am and 6am. I thought oh, oh … but then it was different. It seemed quite static. Troop movements, I thought ??
As far as I could tell, the day was relatively quiet, except for the shift in emphasis to the districts. I guess it was only a matter of time. I don’t know any details but I guess I will know by mid-morning tomorrow what the new deal is.
So Major Alfredo is in Same and there is some form of stalemate (or was when I last heard). The UN has raised its security and the OZ embassy has been quite specific about Same in their advice.
As for me, I decided that it was OK to go down to Cristo Rei for exercise this evening – first time for a week. When I left, apart from a number of GNR, I was the only white face. On my way back, a fleet of UN Police seemed to be headed down that way, but none of the usual civilians. Maybe I made a strategic error – but I don’t think so. This part of town is pretty cool. But it reflects a heightened security environment. I cycle past an IDP camp that not one week ago, was flinging rocks at passing vehicles. I wonder if I am getting a bit blase about it all.
The western part of town is not so good. FatOldSod seems to have some choice neighbours. The airport is a barrel of laughs. The Delta area not crash hot either.
The UN election volunteers may have the more interesting lives at the moment. I smelt rice cooking today so there must be some out there now. The Leader ANZ ATM is down again. Traffic lights are on but compliance is variable. Yogurt is back.