The longboat dropped us off at the debris-riddled Tonsai coast. The beach was covered in sharp coral, sand bags, garbage and wood pieces from the Tsunami destruction ten years ago. We climbed out of the boat with all our luggage on our backs and waded through the water to get to dry land. The four-star treatment stops here.
I will never forget the surreal sights and stench of such massive destruction. In a humid heat, bodies were still trapped beneath towers of debris and piled along the road. Survivors and humanitarian workers alike had a dazed look. In the face of this utter tragedy, the world mobilized to save lives and reconstruct.