|It is a big day when the ship|
comes in. Everyone comes to the
wharf to collect their orders.
|The local market. Crafts are inside the building.|
It is a big event when the ship comes in. We saw people lined up to receive their orders, including washing machines, sofas, and other large household items. There were stacks of container crates waiting to be unpacked. Dennis and I just happened to be walking through the wharf area when we realized what was happening. It was like Christmas - such anticipation!
|You can buy any kind of fish on|
the wharf during the market.
There is a central market that is open daily with fresh produce and craft items. The fishermen have coolers full of fresh fish at the wharf each day. I wondered what they do with all of the seafood that isn’t sold at the end of the day.
Watermelons are very popular here much to my surprise and it was a nice treat. However, white potatoes were very expensive because they come from New Zealand. The local sweet potato is purple inside, but very tasty – just a little too starchy for me. Whatever they sold me for lettuce was tough and somewhat bitter. I think I needed to ask for “salad” to get what we call lettuce.
|I encountered this one on the street one Sunday when|
I was walking by myself. I wasn't too sure how she
would react to me as I passed her. It was fine!
Pigs seem to rule here! They are everywhere: in the streets, in the yards, wandering around vacant lots, etc. It seems most families have a pig or two. On some of the smaller islands, a pig roast for cruisers is a common thing. The cruisers bring the side dishes and the local family brings a pig. Some people were grossed out when the pig was killed in front of them and then put on the spit over the wood fire! I guess we don’t think about that part of the process when standing at the meat counter!
|Pigs in the yard with the kids and laundry.|
|Looking down the main street of town. We spent a lot of time|
in the red roof building in Tropicana Café - best Internet!
|Trying to keep the overheating battery cool!|
And, of course, the happy hours were the nightly deal at the Aquarium where the fleet gathered. Lisa and Greg managed to help all of us struggling with the Internet to get our paperwork for Fiji clearance completed and sent off to Fiji. This is no small task. These island governments want you to email them information, but forget they have lousy connection services so we spend hours trying to make it happen.
|I love this tree. Walked by it several times a day. They |
built the sidewalk around it so they must love it, too.
|The World ARC fleet "at rest" in the mooring field!|