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Published: June 30th 2009
Their clothes are so colourful.
I flew with Air Vanuatu from Brisbane to the capital city called Port Vila in the republic of Vanuatu. Let me first tell you something about the country Vanuatu before talking about my first experiences. The country consists of around 80 islands and has a total population of around 210.000 people. It has a tropical climate and lies in the South Pacific region. The first settlements of the French and English started in the 18th century and in 1906 the Anglo-French Condominium of the new Hibreidess was created. That means that British and French nationals had equal rights and retained their home country’s citizenship. Local people were officially stateless. Vanuatu became independent eventually in 1980 and is a member of many international organisations like the U.N, the French league of nations and the Commenwealth. The main languages are Bislama (the local language), English and French. Vanuatu a developing country and it’s main national income comes from agriculture, the tourist industry and the financial centre. The later has to do something with the tax system. Well, for so far enough facts. Let’s tell something about my first experiences. I have already met a lot of people here. First of all the local
people are so friendly here. When you walk on the street everyone is saying 'halo' or wave to you with a big open smile. And it is not because they want something from you, but really because they are such a warm people.
The first day I met a Scottisch guy who works for the ministry of Finance of Vanuatu for almost nine months now and has still more than one year to go probably. He was employed within the gouvernment of England, but they have programs to send people to developing countries to provide their skills. It was nice to talk and hear and learn what he had to say about the island. Later that day I was invited by some local people to drink Kava. It is an ancient drink made of roots from some sort of bush. Local tribes use it a lot for all kinds of ceremonies and it has a hallucinating effect. Besides the fact that local tribes still use it that way, a lot of people just drink it because they like it. They also drink it to welcome people. Don’t worry I was not hallucinating and I kept it by one cup of Kava. It tastes horrible by the way and has a grey colour. Like if you are drinking mud. After drinking it you have to flush your mouth with water or juice. And then you hear everybody spitting. And the spitting goes on and on. That is because it has some sort of effect that creates a lot of slime. Well it was nice to try, but not my cup of tea…euhmmm Kava I mean. The second I just walked around and explored the city and enjoyed the sea and the surrounding nature. And I had some nice chats with some locals. Like I told they are so friendly and it is a nice way to learn about them and their islands. So as you can hear I am meeting a lot of interesting people here and enjoy the people with their friendly smiles and the islands scenery.
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