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Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila August 11th 2007

This is the land of live volcanoes, earthquakes, kava, the Prince Philip cult (yup, that's true), land diving, the little nambas and big nambas tribes, cannibalism. There's an amazing richness and diversity of history and culture. Only 200,000 people but Vanuatu has the most languages per head of any country in the world with Bislama being the pidgin English language most commonly used. And then on the other hand Port Vila could well be in Australia - there's a big expat community in Port Vila, lots of Australian tourists coming off the big cruise ships a few times a week, there's world class diving, there's a big supermarket in town where you can buy most Australian-imported necessities. Daily life is expensive here though, with most things at similar prices to the UK due to import tax. ... read more
Vila market
Independence Day Military Parade
Independence Day Parade

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila July 28th 2007

Vanuatu is a country we didn't know very much about so were itching to get there and explore. What we did know is that the third world country is melanesian, not polynesian, their official language is French though most people speak pidgin English, and that it has been voted "happiest country on earth". We were welcomed at the airport by a local string band singing songs about Vanuatu. The songs were fantastic, although they gradually all began to sound very similar. Not to worry, this did not detract from the enthusiasm of the eight male singers and musicians who sang of their beloved homeland, keeping time with a consistent left to right stepwise dance. They wore custom dress, ususally a long colourful smock, and floral head dress. Their instruments included a bass string instrument fashioned out ... read more
Lounging near the lagoon
Rope bridge at the Hotel
Totem like figures

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila March 26th 2007

So I'm in Au Bon Marche yesterday trying to select my cans of tuna and I notice the cans are shaking, so I back away. Then I look up and the signs are swaying and more things are a shakin... so I thought of all my safety training and couldn't decide if I should leave the store or wait it out. Yes there was an earthquake yesterday - but we have them pretty much every day. This one was just a bit longer. But Minna just emailed me from Belguim that she heard we had an earthquake so I thought I'd let you all know it was not as bad as the one in Japan. Everyone is safe. Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila March 13th 2007

I've crawled my way out of the bush and am refueling in the Capital for a bit. All is good. We have the land and a rough action plan to start the RTC, apparently I should be proud. I"ve been voted on to a PC Committee - Women in Development/Gender and Development. Which I'm sure all my female friends will be proud. Ok so you know you can contact me while I'm in town (if you hadn't know, it's been my sister updating my blog. ) - Christa... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila February 12th 2007

Having been in Australia since the 16th February '06 my visa was finally due to expire. I wanted to stay on in Oz for a few more months just to travel around a bit and also to give Scott more time to save for his trip home with me to the UK. Apparently all I had to do was leave the country for 24hours then I was welcome to come back for a 3 month stay on a tourist visa, but where's the fun in that? Scott and I decided to make the most of it and booked a 5 day holiday to Vanuatu, a tropical island in the south pacific. We were due to fly out at 9AM on the 12th of Feb and return on the 17th Feb, the day after my working ... read more
Huts
Wood Carvings
Scott at Hideaway

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila December 1st 2006

Yesterday I was officially sworn in. Training is over and I am apparently ready for just about anything. Including the cyclones which are hitting us like mad this year. (Cyclone is hurricane downunder, and I think they spin in the opposite direction like the toilets... no kidding) ..So one week in the capital and then I'm off, 6mos without internet so please WRITE... I'll continue to write my sister and she will be the one to update this blog. Ok hope everyone is well... - C... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila October 23rd 2006

Fine but partly cloudy - 28c Where the bloody hell are ya?? I’m staying at a very very swish dorm room at a resort by myself. There are 6 empty beds in two areas and my stuff is strewn everyone. Private verandah, exotic pool, cheap bar and very very friendly people. The ‘Wild Pig Hotel’ would be paradise even if the room was full!! For the first time on my trip I got a big dose of home sickness (or is that love sick ness?!) when I was dining in the restaurant. Surrounded by Aussies on romantic getaways I dined alone in the corner and read a book. I remember looking at people like me when I had dinner with Marg, all the time thinking ‘what went wrong in their life’. Well.. nothing’s wrong with me ... read more
Wild Pig
Wild Pig Pool
Port Vila Harbour

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila September 26th 2006

I thought I was pretty luck to score a couple of months in Fiji, but I somehow also managed to score a (work) trip to Vanuatu. From the outset it has to be said that Port Vila is a beautiful city, so laid back with such naturally stunning surroundings, I slipped into an automatic state of relaxation. If work wasn’t nagging on my mind I could have had a fabulous trip, but alas duty called so unfortunately clear sunny days were spent in the office. But the afternoons, with vibrantly coloured sunsets and a drink in hand, were all mine. The trip started with an ungodly wake up at 4am, on my birthday no less! Well I soon made up for that, as I sat on the plane (still half asleep) the lady next to me ... read more
View from restuarant at my bday lunch
Still at lunch
Me enjoying a glass of wine over lunch

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila September 4th 2006

Yes I'm finally leaving for Vanuatu. All a bit crazy, packing, preparing - mentally, emotionally, etc.- running around. I'm getting there. And in a few weeks I'll have no choice, I'll be off. I've sent most of you a personal email with my contact details and etc. in them. If you didn't receive it, double check. As this is a public forum I don't want to disclose too much personal information. OK farewell my dear friends and family. From now on check back here for my updates and get out that pen and paper and write me proper letters!! -Christa Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila August 7th 2006

So I was lying up in the cockpit just a bit ago thinking about some emails I want to send when I get into town in a few days. One of them was to a friend I’ve been meaning to email the last two times I’ve been to the internet. I want know if they went to Buffett this summer or not. I started thinking about the rest of the email. All the usual. “What have I missed? How are things?” blah blah blah. To which I know the response would have the other usual questions. “How is the trip? How is sailing? Where are you going next?” and “When are you coming back?” It was this last question that got me thinking. “When am I coming back?” Well, no time soon. But in reality I ... read more
Hanging fruit




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