Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We've been spending lots of time at the hospital this week. Lots of babies! I've caught 1 girl and 3 boys so far, and assisted with a few others too. I think the girl was actually named after me, which apparently is a fairly common practice. Today we spent the morning at the hospital and then took the rest of the day off, since after a few morning babies there wasn't much more going on. We took a kayak from the resort down to the lagoon that's below it and paddled over to another resort to lie on their beach and on their lawnchairs by the pool. To get to the lagoon we had to go through a village. It seems that there are many villages in Vanuatu, and you typically need permission to enter them. One of the Ni-Vanuatu employees here helped us take the kayak down to show us where to go and take us through the village. It was basically some lean-tos for a few families, and of course a big clothes line with clothes hanging up to dry. It was a bit weird to be walking through there with a kayak. Random side note: people who come to the hospital wash their own laundry in the utility sinks outside and hang them to dry.

We went to the free outdoor movie tonight at Nambawan Cafe. It's such a great venue, with a screen set up right in front of the water outside of a local restaurant/cafe, and they serve their full menu and popcorn and drinks throughout.

It's hard to see in the dark, but this is the movie screen with the water in the background.

Going to the hospital again tomorrow, and then I think we're taking our last day off to enjoy the last bit of Vanuatu that we can. It's so hard to believe we only have 2 more days here before we come home! It feels in some ways like it's been so long since we left to come here, yet it feels like we've barely been here at all and saturday feels really soon. 

We just ate some delicious bread that we got on our way home from the little store around the corner. They have all this amazing fresh local bread. The one we got is super soft and a little sweet, so good! We also got our last bit of produce from the market today, an avocado and 2 fruits that we were told are called nouse? Not sure about the spelling and Google gave me nothing. They look like a mango and have a pit in the middle, but taste sort of like a cross between a pear and an apple and... something. Really light and refreshing and crisp.

I'm really excited to come home and see everyone, but sad to be leaving here too.

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