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Nov 21, 2013 - So long, farewell, auf wiedersen goodbye!

Saturday, was yet another scorching day in paradise! We awoke slightly later, as we had no plans for the morning. Then in the afternoon, we headed to turtle beach early, so that we could relax, and do a little snorkelling. Sadly, the current was quite strong, so for me it was just a little swimming lesson in the shallows, and then a relax. However, the turtle monitors brought our dinner and we sat on the beach and ate. We also watched three fruit bats heading off for their nightly forages. Then we walked. We were walking for a long time,...

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Nov 14, 2013 - It's a hard life, but someone's got to!

After our return to the Bungalows after our ip to Vila, we decided to have a lazy afternoon of reading, and sunbathing before our barbeque. This was kindly accompanied by a local band, who played some very nice tunes, which we had a little dance to with som the kids! Then it was time for another chilled evening with some more kava and card games. Saturday we awoke early for a day of community service, helping t the lock school. However, as we were leaving, Sam (who's papa is also the chief of the village) offered to take four of us (as...

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Nov 7, 2013 - If at first you don't succeed!

On the way back from Vila, there was a lot of us in the boat! We were beginning to wonder if the boat was safe, but fortunately we weren't taking on too much water! Suddenly, a shout went up..."turtle!" We all looked to where the shout had come from, but sadly, we never did see anything! This was to be just a tempter for the rest of the week. When we got back, we decided to head to a beach just down from the school, but sadly the tide was in, so that we could not sit for very long! Then we went back, for a very nice barbeque. We also had a...

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Oct 31, 2013 - You say hello...

After an early rising, and a slightly nervy one, I checked out of my hotel. Whilst I was waiting to check out, there were two people who looked suspiciously like volunteers. I introduced myself, and lo and behold, they were! This was my first introduction to the project. This was Sam from Lichfield, and henrik from Bergen, Norway. We then headed to a bus, and there was another girl who was a bit later checking out, and she also introduced herself as also being on the project! This was Louise from Southampton! So far we were three Brits, and...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Just another day in paradise

So, just as suggested in the title of this entry, today was just another day in paradise! It started, as ever, with a hearty breakfast (I've been stocking up on the first free meal of the day!) and then I headed, excitingly, to the port Vila branch of ANZ bank! They've charged me twice for a withdrawal when money didn't come out the first time! Anyway, it's not yet resolved, but the matter is in progress! After that, I had decided that I was going to head to the small island resort of erakor. This required a walk of about an hour, but as...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Tan-na

After a shortened nights sleep, it was up for 7:30 when the bus would come to pick me up for my trip to Tanna, a smaller island to the south of Vanuatu. This would take us to mount yasur. It was also exciting, as I would be on another tour, so I was excited to find out who else was on my trip.... I was quickly left disappointed, as there were only four others, and they were all Australians!! Only kidding, I was expecting Australians, as they seem to be the only non-native nationality here! There were a couple from near Byron bay (the man...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Paradise lost

All too quickly, it was morning, and time to leave Sydney! After a quick breakfast of sausage roll and water, I headed to the airport on the trains again. I was very I pressed with the train system in Sydney...they have double decker trains! I don't think they could be translated to London though! I arrived at the airport early, partly to take advantage of the free wifi that had ill used me to date! I checked in, and headed to the gate early, after yet another smooth ride through the Australian customs area (despite being stopped for a...

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Sep 26, 2013 - Discovering Vanuatu

Vanuatu, a South Pacific nation of 83 islands, has often been listed as one of the world’s happiest places. Visiting 3 of its main islands over a 10-day trip, we discover a bit about the country and what makes it so special. Diving the Coolidge First in our list was Espiritu Santo. Our main purpose for visiting this northern island was to dive the USS President Coolidge. Originally a luxury liner which was later converted into a troop carrier during World War II, she accidentally ran into a minefield and sank as she was approaching the...

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Feb 2, 2010 - Port Vila, Vanuatu

Greetings from Port Vila, Vanuatu (after a day at sea from Fiji)! Each island (or country/port) is more beautiful than the last port and has endearing sites and memories that will forever be with us in our mind's eye (and to some degree the interpretation of the photos that we take). This morning was somewhat mystifying but welcomed from the "resort" type, popular tourist mecca of Fiji. Lots of Australians & Japanese vacation in Fiji because of the relatively short flight from either countries. The "tourist mecca" part of Fiji is that that...

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Oct 22, 2009 - The old NEW HEBRIDES

“I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.” - Thoreau Today we pulled into Port Vila, the capital of the independent country of Vanuatu. Vanuatu’s 83 islands make up the southern end of the Melanesian Archipelago. The islands are volcanic in origin as were all the islands we have been visiting on our journey. The nutrient-rich soils have given rise to...

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Jun 14, 2006 - Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu - Friendly, Warm and Welcoming Locals Eighty- three, lush volcanic Melanesian Islands sitting in the South Pacific Ocean, largely untouristed, with locals living out life as they have for hundreds of years. Sure the majority now dress like westerners and not in their traditional clothing, and the capital city of Port Vila has a lot of foreign owned businesses bringing in the western culture, restaurants and shops. However, overall the country is largely untouched by the Western world, especially on the outer islands. The...

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Jun 14, 2006 - Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu - Friendly, Warm and Welcoming Locals Eighty- three, lush volcanic Melanesian Islands sitting in the South Pacific Ocean, largely untouristed, with locals living out life as they have for hundreds of years. Sure the majority now dress like westerners and not in their traditional clothing, and the capital city of Port Vila has a lot of foreign owned businesses bringing in the western culture, restaurants and shops. However, overall the country is largely untouched by the Western world, especially on the outer islands. The...

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