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Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
05/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts

Today we didn't venture too far,but after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and then headed along the northwest coast of Upolu Island to the village of Malua, where we visited the EFKS Museum at the School of Fine Arts. Rated as a "must see"tourist attraction, we were definitely not disappointed.The wood carvings by the students were spectacular,many depicting various ancient legends, but just as many were the creation of their imaginations.The northeast coast was very different from the south coat.Besides the striking contrast of the amazing colours of the ocean against the dark volcanic rock,it wasn't very rural, but rather peri-urban with fales, schools, small food markets and churches or rather spectacular Cathedrals and Temples all along the route. In fact,we have never. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
04/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic

We stayed onboard this morning to complete a few domestic chores like defrosting the freezer, but then it was off to Palolo Marine Reserve again to enjoy a beach picnic for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon reading under a tree. Blissful!It wasn't until we took a walk along the beach and enjoyed a swing on one of the tree-swings hanging from the huge trees which provided the welcome shade that we realised the Marine Reserve and the beach fales (houses) were actually occupied by the family that owns the land. The clue was seeing the school children arriving home and doing homework in one of the fales while the mom watched TV in another.A very entrepreneurial family indeed. Besides providing snorkeling gear to snorkel the crater of the inactive underwater volcano, accessed via the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
03/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains

After our first bus trip yesterday we were feeling brave enough to take another longer one todayThis time it was up and over the mountains to the south side of the island and the village of Siumu. Specifically to the Coconuts Resort and Spa, viewed by many as one of the top resorts on the island, but more renowned for the cuisine at their restaurant as well as its beautifully white sandy beach and the black sand beach nearby. Our bus trip there took much longer than the return trip and proceeded to be an outing in itself;primarily because it was shopping day.First we waited for all the passengers to finish their shopping in Apia. Then, after the bus driver ensured his radiator was full of water,a telling sign of things to come,we headed out.However,not even 10 minutes later it was. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
02/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima

Today we decided to venture a little further afield, since we'd spent last week exploring and enjoying Apia. So, after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and hopped on a local bus.Our destination - The Museum of Villa Vailima - Robert Louis Stevensons' Home. Born in 1850, the Scottish author,Robert Louis Stevensons, famous for books like Treasure Island,Ship Wrecked and Dr Jackal and Mr Hyde, lived out the latter years of his life here on Opolu Island,Samoa until his unexpected death from a brain haemorrhage in December 1894. He also holds a special place in the hearts of the Samoan people as he was instrumental in ensuring the release of all the chiefs from prison and returning the political landscape and governance to its former state and one that still exists today.This. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
01/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 204: A Woman Possessed

Elaine was like a woman possessed today.Even Roy was wondering what had happened to his wife. The reason - All our fresh produce seemed to ripen at once.So, after breakfast Elaine got started and never stopped all day.First it was squeezing all the limes (and there were loads)to make fruit juice.Then it was mashing bananas to make Banana Bread. Then it was peeling tomatoes to make a marinara sauce and finally it was chopping all sorts to throw in a salad.If she'd stopped then there may have been hope, but, instead she proceeded to clean the inside of Paw Paw from top to bottom while Roy scrubbed the decks.Tonight, however, we enjoyed some R&R; movie night on Paw Paw and now it's bedtime.Thank goodness! That was one busy day!. read more...


31/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 203: Sunday with a Difference

This morning meant an early start to have breakfast, get ready for the day and then enjoy a morning stroll along the promenade on our way to Sunday Mass at the Catholic Cathedral. It was hard not to be moved by the service, given the very relaxed family atmosphere, the spectacular setting, the beautiful singing and the straight talking priest, who, at times, was so blunt, he made us laugh. Most unusual though was the swarm of delighted children who ran up to the alter at a certain time during the service to receive their blessing. We'd barely made it back to Paw Paw when our floating neighbours on Cetacea (Gale and Tony) popped over to invite us to go snorkeling with them together with Qi (Galyn and Thomas) whom we had met at one of the Happy Hours.After meeting on the dock at the. read more...


30/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant

This morning, instead of walking, we took a taxi into town and, while enjoying a coffee at one of the cafés, Elaine eventually got caught up on all her emails,WhatsApp messages, Facebook messages, Facebook postings, text messages etc. We then decided it was time to have a good snoop around the various supermarkets. We were not only pleasantly surprised at how many different supermarkets there are, but at the variety of products they have from all over the world as well as local produce and at a reasonable price. During our reconnaissance we stumbled across an Ace Hardware store, where we had hoped to purchase some electrical bits and bobs we needed for the wind generator,but to no avail unfortunately.We can implement a "workaround",but it would have been nice if we had been able to find. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant
Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant
29/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About

After re-anchoring this morning to place us further behind the breakwater and closer to Marina Apia, we took a taxi to Sails Restaurant,where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly caught swordfish. Elaine had hers in fishcakes topped with a pineapple salsa and Roy had his battered, with the usual choice of sides. We enjoyed the meal so much that we've made dinner reservations for next week.While enjoying lunch overlooking Apia Bay one couldn't help, but notice the completely different colours of the water here compared to the other islands we've visited in the South Pacific. Instead of shades of blue and turquoise with a white sandy bottom,the water here is amazing shades of green that seem to be emphasised with the dark volcanic bottom. We understand the south coast is different. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
28/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress

After a hearty cooked breakfast prepared by Chef Roy, it was time to get stuck into the pile of laundry. It had built up since Surwarrow because we didn't want to use our water, other than for essential purposes, in American Samoa and we definitely didn't want to delay our departure just to get to a laundromat. While Elaine tackled that chore, Roy worked on the much needed improvements required to our wind generator.Success at last! At least it doesn't whine anymore so Elaine can sleep at night and it actually generates electricity now instead of just spinning wildly and making a hell of a racket.We've also had the opportunity to see the Samoa Police Marching Band which parades every morning from the Fire Station to the Government Building where the national flag is hoisted and following. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress
Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress
27/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture

There is so much to tell you about today, but we hope this update will give you a sense of the most fascinating cultural experience we've had since our trip up the Chagres River to the Embera Indian Village in Panama.We spent the day at the Samoa Cultural Village, but not before we enjoyed a light breakfast at the Bay Walk Café, a walk along the promenade and a visit to the Catholic Cathedral, where the carved wood ceiling, the paintings and the stain glass windows rivalled anything we have seen to date.Simply spectacular! Our day at the cultural village started off with us weaving our plates on which our lunch would be served later, as well as weaving some headbands. We were then welcomed by our host and provided some history of the country,but our insight into the culture or Fa's. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture
Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture
Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture
Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture
27/07/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 27 Julio 2016

8º dia y llegada a SydneyMenudo susto nos dió anoche el hidroavión del guarda costas australiano. De repente vimos un objeto extraño despegando a nuestro lado, en una noche oscura sin haber salido aun la luna, y pensamos que nos habíamos perdido por algun aeropuerto. Enseguida nos llamaron por radio y en cuanto nos identificamos nos dijeron que ya no podiamos estar en contacto con otro barco ni bajar a tierra hasta pasar la inpescción de aduanas. A continuación y ante la entrada a la barrera de coral comenzó todo el viento, lluvia y mal mar que no hemos tenido en toda la travesía. Está bien señalizada y no tuvimos problemas aunque ha sido una nochecita librando arrecifes. La Gran Barrera no es un gran arrecife sino un conjunto de 2.800 arrecifes desperdigados. En eso estamos en este. read more...


26/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 198: A Strange, but Fascinating Cultural Contrast

After exercises on the foredeck followed by breakfast we headed ashore to try and complete the clearing in process.First stop was Customs Service, where the individuals seem clueless again on what to do with us.Then another sailing couple arrived and they indicated that we should go to Immigration first. So off we went, only to discover mass confusion at the service counter there as well. Fortunately we encountered another group of sailors who helped direct us again. It was amazing that once we found the correct individuals the process was completed within ten minutes.That was true also for our trip back to Customs.The final piece of the jigsaw was Port Authority.Turns out there are no fees to pay,hence the confusion yesterday about us wanting to pay anchorage fees.A very laborious and. read more...


26/07/2016

Aliena - Martes 26 Julio 2016

7º dia de Vanuatu a AustraliaDesde ayer nos hemos encontrado con varios mercantes. Se nota que volvemos al mundo civilizado. No veíamos mercantes desde Panamá. El viento ha vuelto a desaparecer y el motor hace que el viaje sea muy pesado. El agua se ha vuelto de un azul rabioso pero no hemos visto ni delfines ni ballenas. Según nuestro navegador llegaremos a la Gran Barrera esta noche. La peor hora de cruzar un arrecife!! Espero que esté bien señalizado y que nuestra carta sea correcta.Carmen. read more...


25/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 197: South Pacific's Best Kept Secret?

The officialdom process ended up being nothing like what was described in all our cruising guides or what was noted on noonsite. The only step we managed to get completed after waiting on board most of the day was toobtain our release from quarantine by the Health Department after they eventually came out to Paw Paw this afternoon. It appears we are deemed healthy enough to enter the country and allowed on land.Unfortunately when trying to get the rest of the process completed ie Customs and Immigration, we were told that the officials had to return to their offices, but had left the necessary documentation with the marina staff for us to complete and return to their offices tomorrow. Add to that the fact that there is a policy that all yachts have to go into the marina unless the marina. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 197: South Pacific's Best Kept Secret?
Paw Paw - Log Day 197: South Pacific's Best Kept Secret?
25/07/2016

Aliena - Lunes 25 Junio 2016

6º dia de Vanuatu a Australia.La gran Barrera de Coral es el arrecife mas grande del mundo. Situado en la costa Noreste de Australia, va desde el Sur del Tropico de Capricornio hasta el Sur de Papua Nueva Guinea, tiene mas de 2000Km de longitud. Es una gran industria turistica, aporta anualmente unos tres mil millones de € al año. Hay 730 turoperadores. Fue una de las Maravillas del mundo y a pesar de contar con numerosas especies y multitud de corales lo cierto que es muchos buzos vuelven decepcionados. Algo debe haber de cierto cuando a partir del 2006 se han dictado normas que regulan la barrera, cerrando zonas y protegiendo otras. Nosotros llegaremos mañana al atardecer y aun nos faltarán mas de cien millas hasta nuestro destino.Carmen. read more...


24/07/2016

Aliena - Domingo 24 Junio 2016

5º dia de Vanuatu a MackayA partir del siglo XV Australia era conocida por marinos españoles, portugueses, holandeses y franceses que llegaron por el Oeste encontrandose con una tierra tan agreste e inhóspita que hizo perder todo interés. En 1770 el Capitan Cook, volviendo de Tahití, arribó a lo que hoy es Nueva Gales del Sur con intención iniciar su exploración hacia el Norte del continente, encontrandose con un buen clima, agua, tierra fertíl y tribus de cazadores que nunca habian explotado el potencial de la tierra. La reclamó en nombre de la Corona Británica, que en ese momento en plena guerra de Independencia Americana no podía enviar mas presos allí, por lo que inició una rápida colonización de manera que en 1787 desembarcó en Sydney la primera flota de convictos.Ya hemos hecho. read more...


24/07/2016

Aliena - Domingo 24 Junio 2016

5º dia de Vanuatu a MackayA partir del siglo XV Australia era conocida por marinos españoles, portugueses, holandeses y franceses que llegaron por el Oeste encontrandose con una tierra tan agreste e inhóspita que hizo perder todo interés. En 1770 el Capitan Cook, volviendo de Tahití, arribó a lo que hoy es Nueva Gales del Sur con intención iniciar su exploración hacia el Norte del continente, encontrandose con un buen clima, agua, tierra fertíl y tribus de cazadores que nunca habian explotado el potencial de la tierra. La reclamó en nombre de la Corona Británica, que en ese momento en plena guerra de Independencia Americana no podía enviar mas presos allí, por lo que inició una rápida colonización de manera que en 1787 desembarcó en Sydney la primera flota de convictos.Ya hemos hecho. read more...


24/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 196: 2016 a Leap Year?

For us 2016 is no longer a leap year.We set sail on Friday evening for our overnight sail to Samoa and arrived Sunday morning. That's right,we crossed the International Date Line on route. Very strange feeling indeed, given that we went from UTC-11 hours to UTC+13 hours and aged by one day in the blink of an eye.We are now 20 hours ahead of Arizona ,12 hours ahead of the UK and 10 hours ahead of South Africa.Trying to find the best time to call family and friends is going to be a challenge, assuming, of course,we can get a data plan or wifi here.Although we arrived this morning,we have not been ashore, since we are currently quarantinedand flying our yellow flag until we can clear in with Customs and Immigration tomorrow. We were, however,able to see people playing on the beach in front. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 196: 2016 a Leap Year?
Paw Paw - Log Day 196: 2016 a Leap Year?
Paw Paw - Log Day 196: 2016 a Leap Year?
Paw Paw - Log Day 196: 2016 a Leap Year?
23/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 195: Sticker Shock

Today was another day of running around.This time to clear out which involved another trip around the six different departments we had to visit in order to clear in.While Elaine did that, Roy took the bus to Cost U Less to get some provisioning.Then it was a quick visit to the Fresh Produce Market for fresh fruit, followed by a trip to yet another grocery store to pick up some items that Roy was unable to get at Cost U Less. While Elaine got everything stowed, Roy did a few jerry can runs to ensure our diesel tanks were completely full again. By then it was time to lift our secondary anchor, make a quick phone call to Keenan and family and then weigh anchor at around 16H00 to set sail for our overnight passage to Apia, Samoa, where we intend to stay for a good few weeks to get some. read more...


23/07/2016

Aliena - Sabado 23 Julio 2016

4º dia de Vanuatu a AustraliaSeguimos avanzando, desde ayer a motor por falta de viento. Es una carrera contra reloj pero de agotar víveres. Está prohibido llevar frutas, verduras,productos envasados de paises que ellos no aprueban, semillas, productos con envases abiertos....nunca me habia sentido una delincuente por el hecho de tener en la nevera un tarro de mayonesa abierto. Los australianos deben pensar que somos divinos y podemos hacer mas de 1000Nm sin comida a bordo. Empiezan a no gustarme!!!! Hasta la fecha hemos recorrido 453Nm y hasta las 3h no empezamos el cuarto día.Carmen. read more...


22/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa

So, what did today hold? Generator oil, oil filter and fuel filter replaced, port engine oil and oil filter replaced, starboard engine oil and oil filter replaced, replacement dieselengine oil purchased, two propane tanks filled, diesel tanks topped off with jerry cans and parcel posted at the post office. Getting things done here is very easy. For our propane tanks, we dinghied ashore, caught a bus within five minutes which then dropped us off right outside the propane facility.Ten minutes later both tanks were filled and we hopped right back on the same bus, since the driver had waited for us. We were there and back in less than half an hour. However, before we had even got on the bus, we had a gentleman approach us and offered to take us to the propane facility if we could wait about. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
Paw Paw - Log Day 194: insights into Island Life in American Samoa
21/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 193: Fa'a Samoa, the Samoan Way

The Samoan Islands have been populated for 3000 years, but known to the western world for just over two centuries.Archaeologists state that early Polynesians travelled from South East Asia into the Pacific populating the islands of Papua New Guinea to Tonga and Samoa.It was sometime later that they migrated east to the Cook Islands,Nuie, Tahiti and Easter Island before heading to Hawaii and New Zealand. Today Samoans are regarded as the largest full blooded Polynesian race left in the world. Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way) is the foundation of their culture and heritage, with the Aiga (Extended family) being the core, lead by Matai (Chiefs) and where each family member has a role to play in their Tautua (Service) to the extended family. The only major change in the culture over the 3000. read more...


21/07/2016

Aliena - Jueves 21 de Julio 2016

2º dia de Vanuatu a AustraliaA traves del iridium hable ayer con Elena y me dijo que se le van a caer dos dientes. Estaba contenta porque la va a visitar el ratoncito Perez. Hace fresco y el mar lateral es muy incómodo. Parece que el barco ande a zancadas en lugar de navegar. Hemos perdido de vista a los otros 3 veleros que salieron con nosotros pero aun los vemos en la pantalla del navegador. Tenemos un piquero a bordo y no hay manera de que se vaya. Cada vez que le decimos algo nos mira con sus ojos azules suplicando que le dejemos. Ya hemos hecho 158Nm, estamos a menos de 1000Nm de Mackay.Carmen. read more...



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