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Australia Here We Come!

Aug 2, 2013


Location: Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Author: Ellie Schreiner
After five spectacular days in Vanuatu its time for us to soak up every last bit and prepare for the longest passage yet. Today we had two how to presentations in the morning. Ermi taught us a relaxation form of Tai Chi and taught us what not to do when we go to China. She explained how we should NEVER get a tattoo of a Chinese character because most of the time they say chicken or are written in terrible handwriting. She also informed us to not try and speak the language because we no doubt will have it wrong and they will have no idea what we are trying to say anyways. It was wildly entertaining and I say we learned a lot and are very prepared for our travels to China. We then had Katelyns how to on egg beating, the water polo form for treading water. She did fantastic, she managed to get everyone in the water to practice egg beating and pass around a watermelon, our substitute water polo ball of course ? I was tired after about 10 minutes in the water and these players have to beat for hours? I have a whole new perspective on egg beating and water polo.After the morning we had the afternoon for shore time. Students went and saw the waterfalls, jumped in this beautiful blue lagoon with a rope swing, rode horses, shopped, and loaded up on food for passage. There was also a pretty large group of us, RJ, Jim, Eric Sturm, Ryan, Leah, and myself who all went provisioning to make sure we have enough food on our next passage. It is a lot of fun filling up 9 shopping carts of at least 9 of everything. Also, seeing the look on the face of the woman checking us out when she rings up 70 boxes of cereal, 125 potatoes, 80 apples, 85 tomatoes, and the list just goes on. I also may or may not have loved being pushed around in a shopping by Jim! The whole group worked so well together and had a great time. Go provisioners!! We ended the day with a wonderful spaghetti and meat sauce made my Sam, Jake, and Ryan. Our squeeze question for the night was what is one of the simple things in life that we get back at home or on Argo everyday that we love? It was a gift to hear everyone’s answers. From that morning coffee, to watching the sunrise, to clean sheets, we all enjoy the little things and its always important to recognize and see the beauty in them. I can not believe its 21 days until we are all are leaving are new home on Argo. I know I miss my family so very much but there is a family here that has grown and flourished that can never be replaced. Until tomorrow, goodnight friends and family ?