Drinking Kava in the Village of Tanoliu, Efate Island

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Frederick, one of the owners of the Havannah Resort, stopped by my breakfast table to ask how things went last night with my walking tour of the village of Tanoliu. I couldn't stop saying enough nice things about my experience. Resort life is not a real life, it's manufactured, but the villages and the people who live there are very much real. That's the part of Havannah Harbor I wanted to see, and I had an excellent opportunity to do so yesterday, escorted by a woman whose husband's brother is the chief of the village.

Then, Frederick asked me what my plans were for today. Plans? I have no plans. Why should I have plans? I'm on vacation. I think I surprised him a little. You can read more about my excellent adventures from yesterday in my personal blog and see the tons of photos I painstakingly uploaded with this crummy wifi in A Visit to a Kava Bar and the Village of Tanoliu, Vanuatu.

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Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Elizabeth I just had to look up the place you were talking about. It did sound nice. Just didn't have a clue where it was. So thanks for sharing. Have a great week. 

Dec 29, 2014 09:43 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I love the picture of you at the Clam Shell, and the one of the villagers washing their clothes.  You're right that resort living can often be manufactured.  If you aren't careful you can totally miss the authenticity of the place you are visiting. Sounds like you understanding that and have found the remedy!

Dec 29, 2014 10:55 AM #2
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Elizabeth  Somewhere between the Kava Bar and washing clothes in the river...come on girl, have a 3rd one!  Thanks for sharing

Dec 29, 2014 11:25 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Elizabeth i bet you got a little tipsy and did not realize it.  Any hangover today?

Dec 29, 2014 06:53 PM #4
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

''I have no plans''~ lovely!  I just admire your stories:)

Enjoy your vacation and keep those pictures coming!



Dec 29, 2014 07:00 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Elizabeth, I love your Kava tale.  Mostly the part about getting out into the real world of the locals and spending some quality time with them.

Dec 29, 2014 08:38 PM #6
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  I was let down by the effects of Kava.  I wanted to vicariously party after drinking the local brew.

Dec 29, 2014 08:57 PM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This sounds like the most interesting day of your vacation yet.  You got to meet some great people, have some kava and see what real life is like there.

Dec 30, 2014 01:50 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A hundred Vatu for a cup of Kava? By the time I get there it'll be 300, thank you Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents  My bucket loop will be Fugu in Japan, Kava in Vanuatu (rated #1) then Borneo to see the Wild Man. 

Dec 30, 2014 05:53 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Ted: Well, most people if you ask 'em don't know where in the hell Vanuatu is located. It's not yet a destination spot for Americans.

Hi Myrl: Of all people I knew you would understand. Simpatico.

Hi John: I imagine if I had had a 3rd Kava I would have regurgitated it.

Hi James: Surprisingly, no, no hangover.

Hi Inna: Yeah, what's with the necesssity to have plans? I don't know. They wanted me to pay to go another island across the way and look back at this island, but is the sand any different? The vegetation? Why leave when I'm already here?

Hi Gabe: There was a lot more to it but only so much time to write. Like the punishments for breaking laws. If it's not serious, the violator just gives the chief something tangible like a plastic chair or a blanket.

Hi Conrad: Kava Bars are popping up all over the states. You could probably find one not too far from you. They don't grow Kava, for some reason, on Vanuatu. It is imported and then cut, mashed and mixed with water.

Hi Chris Ann: It was certainly the most exotic. I could live in a little hut and be happy; I'm certain of it.

Hi Kevin: Well, it wasn't 100 vatu it was 55, which is about a half dollar.

Dec 30, 2014 07:44 AM #10
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