"Vanuatu - Efate and Tanna" Vanuatu by slometa

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I had good 'in-sight' experience, learned a lot about their way of life, mentality, habits and so on. I spent days with three different families, with different circumstances and in different places. From very basic with no water and electricity infrastructure in leaf houses to more 'sophisticated' family with some more 'civilised' commodities, but still different from the way we (or at least me) are used to. There I spent the last five days and also a Christmas. Which they call white Christmas... No, no snow... But baby powder, which they pour on the neck (actually all over) and means _expression of love (along with parfum spraying). And lots of dancing.
When I was staying with the last family, with who I spent Christmas, we went with the young people (the extended family lives together in the same place and are very much connected) on Christmas tour (or party) around the island. You know that they, as any, and especially island people, like to party and drink, so they take every opportunity to do that. They justify it that they have to work all year long, but around Christmas and New Year that want to relax.

That was at my second family on Tanna island, when children took me to the beach. The canoes on photo are typical for the Pacific, sort of double canoes. They are also very good fishermen and supply all island. Next year (sorry, this year) they expect to get cooling room to store fishes fresh. Behind you can see part of the village.

In the same village, where I experienced the real kava. All the rest was just nothing, almost. Wau, here I felt like being drunk completely. But on the contrary to alcohol, kava makes you peaceful and calm, and has many medical effects. Plus spiritual effects, and they say they get some good ideas and solutions after they drink it. But only in the first few minutes, because afterwards you just want to sleep, sleep, sleep! Here on photo is one part of 'production': the traditional kava is chewed (normally by young men, who do it for older ones), but now in cities (or close to them) is grounded. The traditional one is stronger, as saliva extracts the active substances in the root. Then they filter it with some water through palm fibres and there it is, ready for another experience!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, making you feel as at home
  • Cons:Still very men-dominating, controlling women
  • In a nutshell:Don't refuse to eat lap-lap and drink kava...
  • Last visit to Vanuatu: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Enzyme_X's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 6:27 AM

    Se mi je zdelo, da so mi te slike ?e znane. Sem bil na tvojem predavanju na Ekonomskem Faxu. Bilo zelo zanimivo. Sam res ?koda, da so ti ukradli večino slik.

  • Pakistaniguy's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 3:14 PM

    I am utterly surprised that you from Slovenia were in Vanuatu :-))))) It must be a great trip right ? I'm very interested in listening to your travel tales from this trip. Cheers, Umer.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2004 at 12:11 AM

    Looks like you had a wonderful experience here Meta!

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 3:51 AM

    Nice page so far...would love to see more! :)


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