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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Back in Fiji

It has been a busy few weeks since arriving back here in Fiji.   We have settled back on the boat and are getting a bunch of jobs done before we set sail for destinations west...

We had originally thought we might like to visit Vanuatu to see a live volcano, but it turns out folks there have become a little more greedy than we can manage....  A few years ago, locals charged $20 to escort you to the volcano.... the last report now is that they want $140 US per person!   When you add that to that the $180US to check in and out of the country it was going to be way too expensive.  While it sure would have been fun, that is too rich for our blood and we have decided to skip Vanuatu completely and head straight for Papau New Guinea.

The trip should take between 10-14 days sailing. We are looking forward to some time at sea.
In the mean time it has not been all work and no play here in Fiji.  We have gathered with old friends and made some new ones.  We have loaded our boat with lots of great treats and some sensible provisions as well... we have fueled the boat and replaced a bunch of broken stuff on the boat.

We have had some great sundowners and pot luck dinners with our friends from SV Me Too, SV Enough, SV Terrapin, SV Enchantress

Then we learned about the "BULA FESTIVAL" which was said to be a celebration of all things Fiji...  I'm not sure if it was all things Fiji, but there were many people packed into a small space....

I'm not sure that this would be my first choice for a tattoo guy....

Who knew you could get a chainsaw and weed wacker at a Bula Festival!

Emma & Jessica SV Terrapin....
 ANd then the BIG PARADE!!! Our first in Fiji...

We are heading to Suva tomorrow (Monday) to check out and pick up some more finished pencil cases before we head for PNG....  More soon...

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