After a long day of socializing and making new friends, we left around 4pm. While we had our dinghy anchored, the family that lived on the beach cleaned the bottom of our dinghy. We were shocked at their generosity and NEVER have had our dinghy cleaned while ashore. Heck, I don't even clean the bottom of the dinghy very often (grin). We did not have anything to give them for appreciation so we will go back with something to say 'Thank You'. All well and looking forward to another day.
The kids here go to school from 6am - 3pm. We've never seen a village do this much school with their kids. It's part of their local culture to educate. They even have a decent library on the island. In addition, their English is excellent. Better than most villages we have visited. Our first impressions of PNG are excellent. I am sure however, this is due in part to us going to the remote areas that are not influenced by the larger islands where we know it can be not as safe.
Today we will venture to the outside of the reef for snorkling and diving.
Regarding weather, it is very consistent, sunny in the mornings, and a rain shower or two late afternoon.
The village put on a carving show two days ago, and needless to say there were some really great carvings....and....we ended up trading for even more. Four in total. We need to get out of here so we don't burn any more trades on carvings...as each village will have some more carvings and want to trade.
The village here is great. The carvings are amazing. We have been happy with this location and are in no hurry to move on. We are going to be doing some diving and snorkeling over the next couple of days. All is well.
On another sad note, we learned yesterday that a sailing couple we met in Luganville had a tragedy three days ago. They were diving and the wife drowned. She was 35 years old. We don't have specifics on the death, and will update more once we get exact details. I am leaving the boat name out of this for now, until all details are confirmed. It was a very sad day to hear about this accident.
Thanks Patricia for keeping an eye on us as we experience earthquakes. Crazy how many we have had this year. WOW.
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