03.10.2019 - 06.10.2019 28 °C
So over these years I've been travelling alone all the time, but those places are common destinations and people there speak English (around Australia and NZ) , so communication wasn't a problem. However, this time was a bit of a challenge for me because New Caledonia is a French territory and the majority of people there speak French and I'm definitely not a fluent speaker of the language. So how did I end up choosing this country as my destination? Well, it all started back in May when I was waiting for my flight to New Zealand and I accidentally saw the information screen for a flight to Noumea at the other gate. At that time, I haven't heard of the place before so I searched it up on Google Maps and I found out where it is and the location of this place interested me because its in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and I had the idea in mind of giving this mysterious place a visit. And now, here I am.
Well, Noumea isn't the only destination of this trip. Now, I'm sitting comfortably on the bed of my hotel in Port Vila, Vanuatu. I've heard of this place since I was young but didn't know that it was actually so close to Australia, so I decided to pay this place a visit as well since its only an hour away from Noumea.
Now lets get back to Noumea. To be honest, I do speak a bit of French because I've learnt the language during my free time but trust me its as broken as I first learnt how to speak English (well I grew up in Hong Kong). Bonjour and merci were my best phrases I can speak without being suspected whether my French is fluent or not. Having to speak a language that isn't fluent for me was definitely out of my comfort zone but damn this place is so beautiful - the beach, the sun and the vibe... I just didn't want to leave this place. However, the price for almost everything is so expensive, even more expensive than those in Australia.
I joined a tour on my second day of arrival and the tour guide gave me a lot of useful information and background about the country. The prices are generally expensive for us, foreigners is because New Caledonia citizens receive free education (up to secondary school) and medical treatment as well! I would be happy to pay more on daily expenses if I receive perks (or should I say welfare) like these.
Baie des Citrons, Anse Vata, Ouen Toro are main tourist spots around Noumea, I didn't go to Ile aux Canards or Amedee Lighthouse because I thought the price was too high but now I regret. If you're wondering what those 2 places are special about, here it is: Ile aux Canards is an island just 5-10 mins away by boat and you can do some sun-bathing or snorkeling over there; Amedee Lighthouse is an island with a famous lighthouse (well apparently) that was used during war to look for incoming enemy boats, but now you can pay for a fee to enter the lighthouse and post your mail through that only post box.
Hmm that sounds enough for this time. I'll keep posting when I have time.
Don't forget to keep on travelling~