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Vanuatu: Makekula Part Two

Hangin' with the locals...

sunny 29 °C

After a full day touring around the island, we decided to spend our last day in Malekula relaxing and exploring the local village.

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It was easy to relax at Rona's bungalows and we found a number of ways to do it.

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We spent a little more time out on the reef.

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These guys were gathering crabs for dinner. Yum!

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After a while we headed into town. The local transport system involves walking or flagging someone down and getting a ride in the back of a pickup truck.

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The town of Lakatoro is a dusty little provincial capital.

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As you can see there is not much traffic on the roads...

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After getting dropped in town, we visited the local cultural center.

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Where we were met by Sarafina, who showed us the various artifacts in the museum.

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Clubs. "used to be for killing people, now for pigs"...

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And clay decorations.

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The bird on the front of this canoe is to encourage the spirits to give smooth seas.

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After the museum, we headed back into the main part of town.

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We walked through some of the government buildings, along the way. As there are over 100 different languages in Vanuatu, all of the country speaks a native pigdin language called Bislama. It is a combination of English and French. Its pretty easy to sort out, if you sound it out. "Bia blong mi" means "my beer" and "Mi no save" means "I don't understand"

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We grabbed lunch at a local market...

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...that was also the local agricultural commodity buyer...

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...and enjoyed the outdoor cafe seating.

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After lunch it was time to say our goodbyes to our wonderful hostess...

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...and head back to the airport.

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"What happened to the lounge?". Apparantly to kustom landowner got into a dispute with the government and burned down the terminal buliding.

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Oh, well... the temporary lounge is has pretty nice views!

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Back on another little old plane for the hour long ride to Port Vila

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Nice job landing!

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Time for a little relaxing at our own little island resort.

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Hideway Island Resort located just outside the village of Mele on Efate

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Thank goodness there is a 24 hour boat service.

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Posted by TravelWithTom 14:37 Archived in Vanuatu

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