Hangin' with the locals...
25.04.2012 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.
It was easy to relax at Rona's bungalows and we found a number of ways to do it.
We spent a little more time out on the reef.
These guys were gathering crabs for dinner. Yum!
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.
The town of Lakatoro is a dusty little provincial capital.
As you can see there is not much traffic on the roads...
After getting dropped in town, we visited the local cultural center.
Where we were met by Sarafina, who showed us the various artifacts in the museum.
Clubs. "used to be for killing people, now for pigs"...
And clay decorations.
The bird on the front of this canoe is to encourage the spirits to give smooth seas.
After the museum, we headed back into the main part of town.
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"
We grabbed lunch at a local market...
...that was also the local agricultural commodity buyer...
...and enjoyed the outdoor cafe seating.
After lunch it was time to say our goodbyes to our wonderful hostess...
...and head back to the airport.
"What happened to the lounge?". Apparantly to kustom landowner got into a dispute with the government and burned down the terminal buliding.
Oh, well... the temporary lounge is has pretty nice views!
Back on another little old plane for the hour long ride to Port Vila
Nice job landing!
Time for a little relaxing at our own little island resort.
Hideway Island Resort located just outside the village of Mele on Efate
Thank goodness there is a 24 hour boat service.