06 August 2017
Being stuck in a place for a while has advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is I get to see some of the events that are happening. The marina is a 5-minute walk from a recreation area and stage where local events are held. One of the events was the local Art Conservatory had its graduation ceremony and we could buy tickets to see it. With several other cruisers we meandered along, got a ticket and thoroughly enjoyed some good local music and dance by some of the best dancers in the country. The ages ranged from preschoolers to grandmothers. Hundreds of students were on the center stage, dancing Tahitian style with choreography. It was excellent; making a show at one of the resorts seems not quite in the same caliber. I was able to go to the Sunday Morning market, when all the locals come to town to sell their produce and buy up. After going the first time at 0700, it was obvious I needed to get there earlier as the best BBQ pork on the island sold out really early. I manage to take in the local sights like the Presidents Residence and al the local museums. Internet at the marina was sporadic at best but I did manage to arrange a small land trip with a rental car for when Paul came back. But then I also had the pleasure of cleaning and polishing some of the built up grime away. Hard work in the heat but I think I was able to put a spring-cleaning through most of the boat.