Sunday, April 27, 2008

Good News

April 27, 2008--I want to begin by saying that while we have some pictures we would like to share, the internet connection here is painfully slow and very expensive; therefore, we will post the pictures when we get to Tahiti and can find a high-speed internet cafe.

This week has been pretty uneventful except that we learned that our part has been shipped, so we will hopefully have it by Tuesday or Wednesday. We also received our old part back from the shop in Tahiti. Steve was getting nervous because the old part had the fuel connections necessary to install the new pump, and the old pump seemed to be lost in transit. So it was good news all around this week.

We have spent several mornings at our favorite restaurant on the wharf. Yesterday they had egg rolls that were excellent. I always have a pastry that is filled with a mixture of banana and some type of jam or jelly, which is really quite good. Steve likes their shrimp fried in tempura batter and either fresh tuna, if they have it, or chicken. We have also been hitting the grocery store about every other day in order to get fresh bread. We have both become addicted to the baguettes. The round loaves and regular bread loaves are also excellent. Bread is one thing that is reasonably priced here. That makes me happy because I don't have to bake bread, so I can save my flour.

On Friday night, Rose Corser held a pot luck for the cruisers in the bay. She and her husband sailed here 45 years ago and stayed. He has since passed away; however, she is busy building a few rooms for rent and running a restaurant. Her place is called He'e Tai Inn. She also has a wonderful museum with many old Marquesan artifacts. Steve helped her out by drilling a hole in a PVC pipe so she gave us a couple of beers for payment. About 30 cruisers showed up for the pot luck so we had a chance to meet quite a few new people and exchange travel plans.

On Saturday a local school held a fund raiser so we stopped by. The school teaches the youth the old arts of wood carving, making flowered head decorations, and a method of sewing that somewhat resembles quilting. In addition there were several young girls about 16 to 18 who were in training for the hotel business. They study for one year on this island, and then they will go to Papeete for another three years. They were serving food and beverages and were just lovely young ladies, and they allowed us to take their pictures. Three young ladies also performed a Polynesian dance. What we found interesting was that a local took our picture--I guess we were a novelty for him.

Sundays are very low key here. Just about everything is closed so we will stay on board and take care of charging the batteries, doing laundry, and doing general cleaning. We are slowly taking care of our boat projects so we will be ready to go just as soon as we can.

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