Yummy yellow cooking bananas. I bought that bunch on the right and they were perfect! Saute in a bit of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg; sometimes I added a drizzle of honey, too. Like candy for breakfast. Notice the women sitting/laying behind their offerings. They stay there, sleeping at night there and leave when they are sold out or the ferry comes to take them home.
Plastic bags are sold to carry your goodies home in if you didn't bring your own shopping bag. I always carry at least 2 reusable bags in my backpack and usually have a plastic bag or 2 also.
They sold ready-made food at the market, too. Home made dishes served on banana leaves.
This is the woven backpack I bought at the market for about $5 and the skewered lettuce heads that filled it while I continued shopping. The palm frond spine through the cores of the lettuce heads held them together and they seemed to last for weeks.
No shortage of potatoes--regular and sweet. Baskets of taro root and potatoes filled a huge section of the floor of the market. The baskets are woven from palm fronds and are free to carry the goods when you buy them in bulk like this.
An old double-masted schooner and a modern 4-masted superyacht. They were both anchored near us in the bay at Pt. Vila.
Pt Vila waterfront as you enter the anchorage. Heading off to the right, you enter the mooring field where most yachties spent their time here.
Tribal ceremonial masks, headdresses and carvings in a shop in Pt. Vila. All the artifacts came from the island of Ambrym. These were the most unusual items I think I saw for sale here. Very authentic but most were made of items that wouldn't clear Customs in our countries.
We spent an afternoon at the Secret Garden, a cultural center and a place with so much to see about Vanuatu, that we all saw something others didn't. Info overload, but it was fun.
A photo of women in local tribal costume. The caption mentions that women come below pigs in consideration of a man's wealth!
We were allowed into the cages of the animals here at the Secret Garden. These fruit bats were so curious that they wouldn't hang still for us to get many photos. They kept wanting to come sniff my fingers holding the camera.
Our friend Linda from Chesapeake (and my shopping buddy) with the female and male banded iguanas. The male has the white stripes. We had to pluck them off the foliage in their cages to get the shots.
Jason next to a carved tam tam (drum). We saw lots of these during our visit to Vanuatu and they are used today in most villages to signal gatherings for church or school or for ceremonial dances. The carving is usually quite good; they are made from a single tree trunk.
Another namba photo. We actually saw men dressed like this in Luganville at the grocery store. But usually, they dress like this for ceremonial dances only. Shorts and t-shirts have become quite popular.