Antoine's Birthday in Tahanea
02 June 2011 | Tuomotu Archipelago
Today was Antoine's 13th birthday. We told him some weeks ago, that we didn't have any gifts for him, because there was nothing to buy on the islands that he wanted. He's OK with that. This morning, he said that "my best birthday gift was being in French Polynesia for my birthday". That sure made us happy since that is all we had to offer.
I did order some things from Amazon.com that I knew he would like. This would be a new Nerf dart gun, and some of his favorite books of the "Alex Rider" series. We had the items shipped to an intermediary in the US (myus.com), and they will then be shipped to our agent in Papeete, for us to pick up when we arrive there.
Pascale baked a chocolate cake, and we had the crews of Evergreen, Moondance, and Ipanema over for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by birthday cake.
After cake, we (John, Francois, Joshua, and I) went out after dark with headlamps to the tidepools at low tide to get lobster. This time, with a little more experience and improved technique, we caught 6 lobsters, and only 2 got away. We are saving them for a feast tomorrow.