|After the parade|
Almost daily, we would dinghy into town to explore the villages, shop, and watch the Independence week festivities. It has been a non-stop party in the village of London for sure.
My favorite part, the parade where all of the the school kids (pre-school through high school), plus the police, marched by the stadium and presented themselves to the town officials.
|Pre-schoolers marching - too funny!|
All the schools had their individual uniforms which included shorts, sarongs, dresses, and the traditional dress of the Gilbertese people made of woven palms.
You had to laugh at all the pre-school classes - it was like watching the teachers herd cats - colorful and adorable!
|Hitching a ride|
We hitchhiked out to the village of Banana to check out the JMB (big box store) store, plus see the Captain Cook hotel. Unfortunately, not much at the store that we needed and Captain Cook's bar was closed - rats! But, it was a good adventure.
|Sam, the Policeman, showing us his home|
Cooking is done outside over open fire grills under a thatched roof. The whole family has to contribute or Sam says they have to move out. Seems fair.
|Sam's Kia Kia|
Sam wanted us to sample some fresh coconut milk, so sent his brother-in-law climbing up the tree. It was yummy, but would have been better with rum - hah. Sam also wanted us to experience the Kia Kia - where they sleep and relax. Very comfortable and a wonderful breeze off the ocean, but I would have missed my pillow!
|Evergreen hanging at the internet cafe|
We got fuel delivered Monday, which took most of the day. Yesterday, we checked out of Christmas Island. $50 for anchorage fee and $50 for rat inspection (which never happened). Very interesting.
|Drinking a Budweiser?|
Can't find vegetables on the island, but we bought some fruit. Oranges and pears - $2 each. They better be good! The locals wouldn't sell us any papayas, but they gave them to us for free. We like that. Helps make up for the 90 cents eggs!
|Jim and Jill (s/v HooRoo)|
We are sailing south today. Our destination - the Cook Islands. We hope to make a quick stop at Manihiki - a 6 day trip. Then on to Suwarrow. We are hoping for a great sailing experience - cross your fingers!
And more pictures....
|Moondance, HooRoo, and Evergreen|
|Beach by the Captain Cook Hotel|
|Waiting for a ride|
|Beached at the Ikari House|
|The parade on Independence Day|
|Catching up on the internet|
|Kangaroo crossing - too funny|
|Transporting a Kia Kia|
|Championship soccer match|
|Doug shopping at the mall!|
|Wrestling match - tough guys!|