IT was the coastal trawler MV Solomon Queen which took me away that February afternoon in 2011.
I was carried away from my Solomon island of Bougainville across the Solomon Sea to the New Guinean town of Rabaul in East New Britain.
Then, after a few hours catching up with relatives from Ragunai village, I left on the ill-fated MV Rabaul Queen for Kimbe and on to Lae.
In 2013, the Rabaul Queen was to sink in bad weather with heavy loss of life.
From Lae we hit the highway through the Markham Valley, over rugged terrain into Madang Province and thence to Madang town’s Divine Word University.
It was a three day journey from Bougainville to Madang that finally had me stuck to the university for four years.