Invitation to a voyage

Waterfall Bay – Vanuatu

Published on 21 september 2017 at 0h00

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After having adorned our ears with an enormous hibiscus, our new friends started to sing the British national anthem. The chief then told us some stories, about his experiences, and tackled subjects as vast as equality, peace and solidarity… A talk which was to last for over an hour!

The inhabitants of Vanuatu are particularly resourceful, but they lack certain things which are essential for their comfort… A few months after our visit, a passing American boat gave them a very good battery. Unfortunately, the village’s only solar panel had given up the ghost a long time previously… Lauretta asked us for one, but unfortunately we didn’t have a spare one to give them.

The next day, we organized a delivery of clothes in exchange for fruit and vegetables. A procession of pirogues passed via the catamaran’s sugar scoops. On the other hand, the school supplies we had brought from New Caledonia, such as pens or notebooks, didn’t have much success. We compensated with clothes, candy and toys.

Despite their kindness, the way the inhabitants of Waterfall Bay hung around the boat, always expecting more, was quite annoying. But from another point of view, their isolation justifies this. We should have brought more of the essential products, such as rice, coffee or sugar, as well as much more clothing, to satisfy their requests.

An old man then arrived at the boat. The gentleman spoke perfect French. He used to be the French teacher at Port-Vila.

He asked us for help to ...

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