Friday 27 September 2013

Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila, Efate Island

 

After much planning, preparation and anticipation, 30 excited Aussies flew into Port Vila on the 3:10pm Friday flight to be greeted by a very active string band playing live music in the arrival lounge … a standard feature it seems of all planes arriving in Vanuatu.

For most it had been a very early 3:00am start, in order to catch the 7:00am Sydney flight from Melbourne, so by mid-afternoon that dazed, compliant … tell-me-what-I-need-to-do … look was in evidence.   

It was then onto the Melanesian Hotel where room keys were handed out, credit card details taken and bags lugged up stairs and along corridors.

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Six o‘clock and it was time for the Welcome Dinner which was accompanied by an amazingly talented string band, who apart from playing nearly non-stop all night, (wearing the briefest of woven cloth around their waists) but also did Kustom dancing and demonstrated sand drawings.

By 9:00pm the look on many faces showed that whilst the lights were on, no one was at home and everyone slid off to bed for a good nights sleep

Smooth seas, fair breeze and go the Supporters Tour!

Rob Latimer