Tropic storm (Typhoon Pam) hit Vanuatu, a group of islands just to the west of Fiji yesterday. News reports say forty people were feared lost and wind speeds were recorded at 155mph. damage to property is extensive with almost ninety percent of homes impacted with structural damage. Bizarrely, the prime minister (Baldwin Lonsdale)of Vanuatu was away on a conference in Japan about disasters and their impacts.Here in Fiji the effects were less damaging, however the rain and windspeed increased dramatically and swiftly over a twelve hour period as the storm passed.certainly felt the power of a phenomenon that one had never experienced before. Quite remarkable and very disconcerting. 15.03.15 The storm now appears to have passed and is headed further south, to the north east of north island New Zealand.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

27.03.15 Flew five and a half hours Jetstar back to Sydney. Left Fiji with mixed feelings. The people are wonderful and the outer islands are bliss. However, one is left with the sense of a tourist economy being “managed”, which isn’t really conducive for the purposes of independent long term travellers.

On a different note, we are flying back on an A320, five days after the German Wings flight piloted by Andreas Lubitz was deliberately flown into oblivion in the Southern Alps…..just a thought for the families of those people and what terrible agonies they must be going through.

Landed Kingsford Smith where number two daughter (Georgina) was kind enough to come out to meet us on arrival and drive us back to Bondi Beach. Had a good old natter and catch up, before “hitting the hay” for a relatively early night after a tiring day of travel.

31.03.15  Now begins a period of planning. The plan is to “Bunny Hop” across the Pacific Ocean,visiting islands along the way. A little daunting as there does not appear to be any integrated flight protocols for travellers wishing to make their own arrangements.One hopes to visit the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Easter Island, finally getting to South America and making landfall in Santiago, Chile in May.

I do not think that it gets any better than this.

I do not think that it gets any better than this.

Monday 06.04.15 Sees the hustings gaining momentum for the UK general election. Interesting times. Endeavouring to make arrangement to vote remotely or through a third party proxy is proving somewhat time consuming but hopefully will get there in the end.

Friday 10.04.15 Having largely accomplished the task of figuring out flight connections and accommodation, all that remains of our stay in Australia is 10 days. Following which is a flight  to Aukland and then transfer to a flight to Rarotonga in the Cook islands.

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