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Yes, agreed Berend. The nakamal is traditionally a meeting house for men and where cultural ceremonies always involving the serving of kava are convened. But the small size of this one suggests it is but a kava bar! Cyclone Pam was devastating in southern islands of Vanuatu and there was much damage here in Vila, so people are wearing "I survived Cyclone Pam" tee-shirts. It is a trauma that people can't forget easily.


Maybe, the surf skis are waiting for the Honeymoon, Berend.

It looks very isolated in this photo, but the Google Image quickly reveals that we are in the capital city! I guess when you feel isolated in this beautiful environment but can also have the immediate contact with civilisation a few minutes away then you have the best of both worlds and that makes it 'paradise'!

Kind regards to you, Berend.


Thanks Berend. The reason I took this photo is because it is located right across the street from the home of our ni Vanuatu "son and daughter", so it is a landmark for me. Vanuatu has an excellent mobile phone coverage which is very different from the days when one had to rely on copper wires or radio broadcasts to communicate between all the islands.

Kind regards,


Könnte man zur Zeit auch hier gebrauchen !

Patrick Barreaux Hi once again Patrick ~ Thanks for your kind YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Island guitar music in the background, a significant party of friends from Australia or New Zealand, a local ni Vanuatu pastor/celebrant, coconut palms above, and a small coral island in the middle of the Pacific and you have your dream wedding.

Thanks Berend, Patrick and Füsun for your appreciation and remarks.


Dear Füsun,

You would delight in the crystal clear, warm water in the middle of the South Pacific - paradise!


Dear Füsun,

Let's make every endeavour to take you there one day!!

Dear ,

In one of your posts you have made our hearts leap with joy for you spoke of the possibility of your visiting Vanuatu when you come to us. How great that will be!!!!

Yes, Vanuatu is beautiful, peaceful, safe and rich in culture. Having someone with you to guide, interpret and enjoy what you enjoy will be so so special.




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