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Marathon journey

We had a marathon journey trying to get from Ambrym to Vila. The boat driver told us we would be departing Ranon at 5am to get to the airport by 8am. We had to pick up a woman along the way but when we arrived at her village, she was no where to be seen. The boat driver walked up the hill to her village to find she was still asleep! She took her time packing her bags and 45 minutes later moseyed down the hill to our boat.

By this stage we were fuming and super stressed we were going to miss our plane. When we finally arrived at the airport, it was all closed up…the plane was 2 hours late…on island time!

When the airport opened up, we found they didn’t have our booking that we had made over the phone. The flight was all booked up but they just managed to squeeze us on a later flight. We spent 5 hours in the airport (which is more like a concrete building with no toilet, shop, drinks, etc). Pippa had a headache the whole day just to make the journey that much more pleasant. Our flight took us via Santo Island where we had to wait 1 hour for a connecting flight to Vila. We finally arrived at 7pm that night!

While in Vila, we were lucky to have a beautiful place to house sit for a week overlooking Vila bay. Matt spent the week working at Live and Learn while Pippa spent her time in meetings, running errands and stocking up on supplies for Ambrym.

Last weekend we trialed one of the tours a Youth Ambassador volunteer has been developing with the local community. The tour was of the some cultural sites of a respected high chief called Roi Mata. He died 400 years ago and was buried with his multiple wives and family members of which some were buried alive.

As part of the tour was a tour of a beautiful cave with ancient rock art.

There were also some beautiful handicrafts to buy.

Pippa and Lisa showing off some of their purchases!

Another highlight of our week in Vila was the news that our Rom Dance article was published in the Virgin Blue In-flight Magazine. We got a 2 page colour spread with our names mentioned in the bi-line! You can check it out on their website.

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