When you have a couple of weeks of uncommitted time what do you do? We look at a map. With two weeks between our final house sit in Adelaide and our first sit in Melbourne we decided to add another stamp to our passports by visiting the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Nestled in the South Pacific, east of Cairns, Australia and west of Fiji, this nation is made up of over 80 islands. We only visited the third largest island, Efate, where the capital of Port Vila is located.
We spent 4 of our 8 days there focused on diving (blog to come). However we also managed a couple of tours and trips to local establishments. The main down side of this trip was learning how small, poor nations like this are being used as pawns in the geo-political scene. And there is no question that the Chinese are winning the game. Unfortunately, it is definitely not to the benefit of this island nation. We saw plenty of unnecessary projects and poorly planned and completed ones, all of which Vanuatu is going to be stuck with. Quite a shame really. It was the one consistent comment and complaint from every person we met on the island.