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recently we had the great pleasure of having George's mother visit up with a couple of cousins......it was possibly the worst weather we had seen though but that is the charm of a Pacific Island!!! There was three days of torrential rain with 20cm in one morning alone. But Port Vila has enough to do inside to keep them busy and the rain is warm so the swimming pool is still a great option. Hideaway ...
... pushed down the accelerator and went for it. Around a corner and all. I was white-knuckling the entire journey and I was so relived when he pulled into a drive away that had a sign reading 'Ekasup Cultural Village'. We had made it!
Waiting for us was a man, Ronnie, (pictured - Ronnie was his English name) dressed in traditional village attire. He offered us mosquito repellent so we sprayed ourselves and waited for our next instruction. After a ...
... market this was great to wonder around & look at the different veggies, fruit, root veggies & fresh birds. Vic bought a mango. I went mad over all the magnificent flowers amazing colours I was in heaven clicking away. Lastly we headed to the duty free shop to buy some alcohol. This all went to plan until Vic discovered she forgot her credit card so I offered to pay. Well decline, decline, decline... I forgot to let them know I ...
... something like the Peppermint Bay II. What was I thinking??? Our boat was a 5m fibreglass dingy which was late arriving because it was chartered for a fishing trip earlier in the morning. They had to wash out the boat a little before we got in to get rid of the blood and fish guts. That being said, it wasn't all that bad once we got going and the wind blew away the smell of dead fish :)
The water was a deep sapphire blue. It was incredibly beautiful.
We were dropped off on one ...
... until we understand or are in fits laughing at each other. Some interesting stuff i have learnt:
- French people would rather eat soup with a teaspoon than a soup spoon
- 8 o clock is really code for any time before lunch
- 12 noon is really code for anytime after 8 o clock
- When people say yes, they usually mean no. ('Xavier, long gas botel blong oven, hem I fulup gud?' 'Yes'. Actually no, its empty, but that's ok, it's hot in ...