|Crops are returning to the market, but prices are higher.|
|The market selections are limited this year.|
The ladies’ craft market has been moved to the main market building. The positive is that they probably get more traffic from visitors to the food market stalls; the negative is that it lost it charm of being a living crafts village along the bay. It is very close and crowded with the items for sale so you feel like you are in a bazaar somewhere in Turkey as you squeeze by people and try not to destroy the displays.
|This NiVan official building was destroyed by Pam|
|She survived Cyclone Pam, but is in rough shape!|
We have noticed a change in the demeanor of many people. There is a sadness and a lack of eagerness to provide the service of their job. It must be a feeling of hopelessness for them as their pay is low and the price of food is high. Things are much less expensive in Fiji, where food is also more plentiful. The selection of fresh items is very limited, even in the supermarkets.
|Where the local live.|
|These villages are very poor.|
|Another "last supper" with our World ARC New Zealand |
fleet before Firefly, Brizo and Starblazer head to Australia.
We will catch up with them next year or in 2017 in St. Lucia.
We did a lot of shopping for the Children's Day event in Avokh as we should be up there by then. Remembering that Vincent wanted to get to Port Vila last year to buy things for the special day, we decided to take things with us.
One of the fun parts of being in Port Vila is connecting with other yachting friends. Of course, most of our World ARC New Zealand fleet was there. The three German boats had gone to Australia from New Zealand. We miss them!
We tend to have group dinners whenever there is a fleet gathering in one area. So we were off to the good Chinese restaurant here in Port Vila for one of those "lazy Susan dinners" where they just bring on the dishes and everyone gets a taste of many things.
Like always, it will be hard to say "goodbye" to several boats leaving us. We will probably reconnect somewhere and will definitely stay in touch with email. Starblazer is rejoining the WARC as Joyce wants to be in New York City for her 70th birthday. Pat and Stuart want to get Brizo to Australia and return to the UK to spend time with a new grandchild. Paul and Susie are heading to Indonesia and Thailand with a summer back in the UK. We will catch up with them in the Indian Ocean next year. Martin and Elizabeth are still here with us working in the Maskelynes, but they plan to leave for Indonesia. Donna and Jonathan on Chez Nous are wrapping up their Sea Mercy work and will head to New Caledonia and then New Zealand.