It's allright being a vegetarian for a while, but I have to admit that nothing beats a big juicy steak.. Since we arrived in Cairns on wednesday afternoon after the customs- and quarantine office had closed, we had to wait 24 hours before we were able to go and get our much wanted meat meals. And what a feast we ended up with having! The first thing we did after the customs- and quarantine-guys had searched and approved our arrival, was to go and have a true english breakfast with bacon, sausage, eggs and toast. A little taste of heaven... In the evening me, Ole and Peter found a good steakhouse to end our meat-feast. Another taste of heaven... :)
As Ole mentioned in the previous blog message, we had some good sailing from the Louisiades (PNG) to Cairns. An average speed of 6.5 knots and 3-5 meter high swells when the wind was as strongest. Ole had to surrender to the swells and had to stay in his cabin during the entire oceancrossing from PNG to Cairns. Since he had to fester in his cabin for three days, we nicknamed him "Uncle Fester". Hahahaha!!! The most funny part is that Ole also festered during our first stage from Gizo to PNG. However, Ole did'nt surrender to the swells on this stage, but to some kind of virus or bacterias that he got in Gizo, so he is excused for the first stage of the sailing:) Ole had many of the same symptoms that you get when you have the malaria, so to be on the safe side we took him to the local hospital in Gizo to check out if Ole had caught the malaria virus. Fortunately it wasn't malaria, so we dared to set sails towards the Louisiades. The sailing stage from Gizo to PNG was as easy and calm as a summer breeze. Flat water, nice and steady winds and sunshine. Perfect sailing in other words! It took us three days to get from gizo to PNG. Even if the sailing was really nice, it's allways nice to arrive at the planned destination, and what a destination to arrive in!! Truely a paradise on earth. White beaches and palmtrees as far as the the eye could see. The snorkling was very different from the snorkling we did in the Solomons. The Solomons had some amazing coral reefs and drop-offs that were breathtaking, while the snorkling in the Louisiades was in much more shallow water and not as spectacular as the Solomon snorkling, but still very very nice. However, we had an amazing snorkling to a japanese zerofighter airplane from WW2! We spent in total almost two weeks in PNG before we set sail towards Australia and western civilization.