An amazing last few days - weird but amazing
19deg.18.315S 176deg.24.359W 15:10L
Early afternoon, somewhere east of the Lau Group in Fiji. We are sailing south of the island group to avoid having to pass through it during night. Yesterday we saw the birth of an island, most likely we were the first humans to see the new creation. We have some pictures, but they will have to wait until we have a chance to upload them. So you might have heard about the sailor superstition that you should "never leave on a Friday". Well, we did and the sea turned to stone, it is hard to get a stronger sign than that. It sounds like a bad joke, but just wait until you see the pictures. Floating stones none the less. When you pick them up, it is easy to see that they are really just volcanic ash that compressed into pumice stone. This experience mixed with a close encounter of three whales makes you understand that the ocean is full of surprises. We had a great time in Neiafu and Tonga, and this might be the place where I come back and leave the boat one day. There is a lot of great entrepreneurial young people around trying to make a go at this place. Good bars like Mermaid and Tonga Bob's, and fine restaurants like the Dancing Rooster. This together with an amazing area, the Vava'u group of islands, makes this an easy place to enjoy. Like all the other islands it is the small things that makes it so human; like when you wake up at 0530 on a Friday morning to the song from the village church or the young children in school reciting something loudly in a very simple schoolhouse.
So, we are on the way again. This time toward Fiji, where we hope to do some good diving before H�kan leaves and Jenny Blake comes to join Maiken for the last passage to Australia. We plan to entry the country in Suva, and then make our way down to Kandavu before heading to the western side of Fiji.
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