by Andrea:

Yesterday we finally made the way to the mountain range Koghi. Dario and Andrea climbed the TOP of Noumea and the second highest mountain in New Caledonia Mount Mone 1075m.
Unfortunately when we reached the summit a thunderstorm came over the mountains and we had no view at all. Even worse the descent was getting very slippery and not after a long time we were walking more in a brook. But after all it was quite fun.
Due to the bad weather conditions for sailing to Australia we used the time for different activities.
We hiked the mount Toro in the south of Noumea. A spot normally used by the paragliders with a good view towards the Ansa Vata bay.

For the second time we were invited by the “College J. Mariotti Noumea”. Again the children were very enthusiastic especially by the TOPtoTOP game. Sabine, always with patient and a smile, explained all the rules.

In the end the students had 5 minutes time to collect rubbish on the school ground. Quite a lot was found and the happy winner got a Victorinox knife; congratulations.

We had the opportunity to collect another good example: the windmills of EEC/SUEZ.

Thanks to wind energy around Noumea there is 20’000 t of CO2 less in the atmosphere. That is what 7000 cars produce in one year! Here the technical details: calculation, overview

One important equipment for sailing is the radar. Unfortunately ours is broken and Dario tried to fix it but the spare from our member and friend Federico in Valdivia did not fit. So we have to wait till we are in Australia.

Apart from serious work we could spend time with our friends. The children from the neighbour boat spend an afternoon in our tiny playground room with Salina and Andri enjoys the sunset with Mama on the Pachamama.

Jean Marie, his wife Romy and Jean Louis invited us for a Pizza party at Jean Marie and Romy’s home. And after a long time nearly four years we had also a nice reunion with our friends from Escapade Claartje and Peter and their lovely two boys. Jean Louis (green shirt) was the chief Pizza baker. Thanks it was absolutely delicious!

Another day – another invitation for dinner. Fruity Fruits with Carolyne and Steffan invited us for a RACLETTE! That was a big surprise and we enjoyed it very much. Switzerland was no more that far away… thank you.

Today we are preparing everything so that we can leave tomorrow morning towards Australia. Welcome back Annemarie! After a short absence she is joining us again for the next month.