Day 36: Sea Day. As promised, we had a beautiful sea day on our way to Vila, Vanuatu.
We slept in, played shuffleboard with some people from Australia, worked a little, and relaxed a lot. Can’t ask for more than that.
Day 37: Vila, Vanuatu. Quack, quack, quack. Translation = another *&#%!@ day in the rain! Sounds like a broken record, doesn’t it? When we arrived at the port, there was a container ship having engine trouble at the dock. We had to wait for it to get moved out of the way. We were over an hour late getting docked and cleared by the local authorities. We had breakfast and took pictures from Deck 10, as I do in every port. The humidity was so heavy in the air that it was actually foggy. And hot – OMG. We were drenched with sweat just from the picture-taking.
There were over 100 vendors set up along the road ready to sell us all sorts of trinkets. There was even a little traffic jam from all the vans and taxis trying to get through to town. We walked through that first and bought a couple of things.
Then we took a van into town and walked around there. All at once there was a flash of lightening, a loud crack of thunder, and the sky opened up. Torrential rain out of nowhere. We ran for cover. It rained real hard for about an hour, then it let up to a heavy sprinkle. I finished up my shopping and we headed back to the ship – soaking wet, as usual. Bruce worked some and I was catching up with things.
Captain Stein says we’ll have a pleasant trip to Lifou, Loyalty Island tonight. The forecast is for – you guessed it – rain tomorrow. He said it might clear up around noon. Go figure. Quack, quack, quack.