Fonde < > Thursday / by Charlotte Haywood

Palm frond baskets, plastic bag. Port Vila markets

Palm frond baskets, plastic bag. Port Vila markets

Oberon and the large expensive watermelons ($8-$14)

Oberon and the large expensive watermelons ($8-$14)

Pikanini day bound

Pikanini day bound

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Save the Children

Save the Children

Car park culture clash

Car park culture clash

Lunch at the markets, the azure waters always calling.

Lunch at the markets, the azure waters always calling.

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Pikanini day celebrating

Pikanini day celebrating

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Banyan tree canopy

Banyan tree canopy

We missed Edgar. He left at midday and we had thought 2 pm.  Our message to him, 'We will be back' sand droing motif

We missed Edgar. He left at midday and we had thought 2 pm.  Our message to him, 'We will be back' sand droing motif

The ships in!

The ships in!

Pikanini Day! (best word) The country is on holiday to celebrate children, it's like Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one. It was being celebrated at various locations and since I have two of my own, we bee lined to Freshwater park. The Prime Minister was there talking of the importance of Children's health and various community aid stalls, Unicef, Save the Children and general health and information stands were set up. Amanda and Jeremy joined in on the celebrations.

Into town for great market lunch (a reoccurring theme), fried fish and rice. We were preparing ourselves for a 2pm meet up with Edgar. Arriving at the Museum there was a feeling of quiet. Closed shop, kids playing football in the park. Cissi, Tyron and Chris were to meet Edgar too to record some instruments. Edgar wasn't coming. Standing underneath the big tree as time ticked by, it gave us all the space and undesignated time to converse and swap stories and ideas. Edgar had left at midday. We all left him a message that we would be back.