Hello from Luganville, a sleepy south pacific town on the island of Santo in Vanuatu.
We're enjoying sitting here in the air conditionned internet cafe where we just came back from kayaking around the bay.
We've been here for a few days now primarily diving the Coolidge wreck. I've received my PADI open water certificate - although i have yet to see the score of my test. Anyways, this morning was my first 'real' dive (down to 35 metres!) and it was incredible to see the wreck and be able to swim through little holes.
Stopping in Sydney for a day and a half was great.
We saw the opera house of course, walked around to the parks, botanical gardens, took a ferry to one of the islands, saw a play at the opera house in our ratty outfits, oh well it was good.
In Vanuatu our first stop was Tanna island where we stayed in a little remote guesthouse that was first started as a community tourism project by a British guy. Beautiful little bay setting with (VERY!) hot springs nearby.
Tanna is famous for having the worlds most accessible live volcano. Matt and I decided to walk to the volcano from our guesthouse - a two and a half sweaty jaunt through the forest paths. We ended up getting lost but upon seeing the volcano, decided to climb it anyways since it was getting dark and we didn't think going back down the steep path was an option without a flashlight, water or food (bad planning).
We had to stomp our way through the 3 meter tall shrubs and grass - still have scars and scrapes from it. We were so lost we actually ended up climbing up the wrong side where there was glowing hot lumps of lava shooting up and then in our direction landing about a hundred meters away. Quite the amazing show, scary though as you can imagine.
Don't worry moms, we're alive and well and the only thing that we are fighting off now are pesky flies.
Hmmm... I guess i shouldn't elaborate on this morning's dive episode where Matt's tank fell out of its buckle at 40 meters depth.
Anyways, i don't feel much like writing more because i have too much to say but all is well - better than well actually! - and Matt and i are anxiously awaiting next Monday where we'll step aboard the Soren Larsen!!
Ten days of sailing and sunshine, yay bring it on!!!!!!