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March 2012

Day 2

Day 2.

Today was our lazy day- wandered into Port Vila to change some money- locally the exchange rate was 1 aud = 93.67vt. Out of Sydney at Travel ex was 74 something. Big difference !!

We enquired about hiring a scooter for a few days to zip around on like I do in Bali but the man wanted 3500vt / day with a restricted range around the island Maybe later but at the moment we are content with walking or catching the local buses for 150vt each.

I finally got jack of using this travel sim I brought in Aust that is meant to give you cheaper rates.. I got a local sim and am paying 1/4 the price for SMS. As for data in Port Vila - 7000vt for 500mb of 3G - that's almost 150 aud for 1 gb.

I got the 2000vt 100mb plan and just use it to check email when I can not find wifi.

Have been lazing around the pool practicing our snorkeling after our embarrassing attempts yesterday. Lots of under water pics with the Nikon aw100 camera.

Will head out for dinner tonight.

W

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Day 1 cont

Well I am starting to realise that you cannot do Port Vila on the cheap.. 2000vt (approx $19.50) for a taxi 25mins out of town to visit Frankie's cousins oh and he left his camera in the taxi.

Dinner was at one of Port Vila's nicest (read pricey) restaurants last night - worked out $45pp for 6 ppl - mains and two bottles of wine.. Yes the food was good but not what I would call AMAZING. While it sounds like I am whining I am merely trying to show we have spend close to $600aud already in our first 48hours - my first year in Bali including flights for 14 days was $2000

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Day 1 - Vanuatu

Day 1

In the morning I spoke with the reception and they explained they have
issues with the site we booked thought and never received our booking.
They were more than happy to accommodate us - all sorted

While walking into the main CBD of Port Vila I received an email
stating that I had sent a PayPal payment to the US for 145.00 hmm nope
- so will have to sort that. Both with PayPal and my bank.

Today we booked a tour and went for a swim at the blue lagoon, wanting
to try out our snorkeling skills, put plainly we are hopeless
snorkelers. I breath like a steam train and Frankie can't swim in
places he can't touch the bottom. Additionally today we went to feed
the sea turtles, big ones, small ones - some as big as your head!!
Apparently they like pawpaw - my only question is how do they climb
the trees and use the knifes to open them with their flippers ??

Frankie as usual screamed like a a girl when one moved while he was feeding it.
Off for dinner soon, that's all for now

W

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Departing Australia

Departing Australia

Departed Canberra (CBR) by Greyhound bus after some minor mechanical issues with the airbag height adjustment of the bus - fixed but scraping it along the road until it suddenly inflated .. Rather interesting

Arrived Sydney (SYD), checked in, cleared thought customs / immigration and headed out into the cleared sterile zone of the international airport.
Caught up with a friend from a previous trip, she allowed me to come into the Qantas Club with her while Frankie kept shopping, I must say they did have a nice Penfold's Red out- yummy.

After boarding our code share Air Vanuatu / Qantas flight (operated by Air Vanuatu, 747-800) I realised this is my first non Australian carrier.

Below you can see us being all tired yet happy to be flying.

After arriving at midnight we had a slight hiccup - the hotel didn't have our booking, luckily they had a spare family room until we can sort it out in the morning.

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Mystery Bay NSW

Camping on the South Coast NSW

sunny 21 °C

We decided quiet late in the week to go camping again.
Normally we camp in the Mimosa National Park approx 25km north of Tathra NSW, this time we decided to try some where new. Mystery Bay NSW was chosen.

The site was HUGE, lots of site. The layout of sites allow for only a few other campers to see each other with a 360 view, really well laid out.

The provision of amenities was basic, as advertised. Cold water taps, cold water showers and pit toilets scattered throughout the site.

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