Friday, July 18, 2014


I had a quick work trip away this week to beautiful Vanuatu - it really is stunning. And not very far north, so just a pleasant 25 degrees and sunny during the day and needing a bit of a cardigan in the evening. Perfect! This is seriously the view from my hotel room...

But I was there to work not gaze at the ocean, so most of the time was in meeting rooms and offices without anywhere near that kind of view. One morning the work took a slightly unusual turn with a march through the centre of town! They closed the streets off and away we went with banners and everything. You can just see in the photo the military band at the front. Everyone piled out of the houses and shops to see us march past ... along with a few bewildered tourists wondering what on earth was going on.

And at the end of the day we retired to a kava bar on the water. A gentle sea mist, a cool breeze and some kava ... a mild narcotic drink that tastes unbelievably awful (you have to down it in one) then makes you feel relaxed. Very relaxed indeed.

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