Thursday, November 22, 2007
We are now in
Australians are super nice, very outgoing, genuine and relaxed.
Bundaberg is the regional center of the larger farming community. Sugar cane grows in abundance and supplies the local mill. The Bundaberg Rum factory makes use of all the sugar cane to produce famous Bundaberg Rum The town has a nice central business district, lots of small shops and a few blocks that are very pedestrian friendly.
Pick up trucks are replaced with "Utes" or Utility Vehicles descend from 1970’s Chevy El Caminos and Ford Rancheros with a flat bed on the back and a V-8 under the hood.
Strong accents are the norm.
Here are a few new Ausie vocab words
Wack = Give it a try.
G’day = Good day
Milk bar = small convenience store
Whinge = Complain
Esky = Cooler
Mate = General term of familiarity regardless if you know the person or not.
Good on ya = Well done
No worries = No problem or you are welcome
Bush = Anywhere away from the city.
Ripper = Good
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Look close and you can see the waterfall in the background. This is one of my favorite places in the South Pacific. Amazing scenery above and below the water, very friendly people and only a handful of yacht that call here each year.
Chief Jimmy of Waterfall bay, VanuatuGrandson of Chief Jimmy
Son in law of Chief Jimmy
A couple of Chief Jimmy's sons leading the way to the top of the waterfall to hunt fresh water prawns.
Getting a pounding in the waterfall. Look closely and you'll see a group of us withing the falls at the base.Kathy with Chief Jimmy at the top of the waterfall.
Deadly accurate with a sling shot. This young boy was demonstrating how he could consistently shoot apple like fruits out of a tree fourty feet away. Amazing.
S/V Jipcho sailing along the shores of Vanua Lava, Vanuatu. David and Thi Mai on board.
Kathy at the navigation station checking our postion and time to go.
Lobster. We did some good trading to obtain this lobster. Money has little value this far out in the bush so trading a few D cell batteries and some fish hooks got these beauties
Friday, November 16, 2007
Kastom Sea Snake dances are seen specificaly in the Northern islands of Vanuatu. We were lucky to catch this amazing perfomace at the Gaua arts festival. The Kastom dancers wear elaborate headdresses and paint their bodies with horizontal white stripes, in resemblances to Sea Snakes found in the surrounding ocean waters. Local legend recounts of how the Sea Snake once saved all the fish in the sea, by driving off the shark who was attempting to fill his belly with them. As the fish were now free to multiply in numbers, apparently the Sea Snakes are now seen as a symbol of fertility and homage to the Sea Snake is meant to promote successful fertility among the tribal members.
We invited Peace Corp workers on Gaua over for a pizza dinner and beers. This was quite a treat as there there is no pizza or cheese or pepperoni to be found on Gaua and they had been there a long time. Water music at Gaua arts festival. The video clips just can't do the performance justice.
Friends Thimai & David from s/v Jipcho enjoy some Lap Lap for lunch. Cruiser enjoy the Gaua arts festival. s/v Artic Fox (Tim, Cameron and Cynthia), s/v La Vie (Kathy), s/v Jipcho (David) and s/v Two by Sea (Chris)
Wooden statues of fertility?
Kastom High chief of whom the conducted the grade taking cerimony.
Dancers with great Kastom (traditional) costumes.
This Kastom dance performance was very lively and seemed to be the crowd favorite.
Cruisers Kathy & Chris of s/v Two by Sea enjoy the show in the shade of an enormous banyan tree.
Topor man almost cracks my skull!
Woman in traditional dress. The big smile show how incredibly friendly these people are.
Chief shows off some shell money.
White tip shark we caught near Chesterfield reef in the Coral sea.