Tahaa and walking
22 April 2008 | Gabriella
Walking in Tahaa
Yesterday evening Ted and I strolled along the shore line road on Tahaa. The island is quiet excluding the barking dogs. The sound brings my mind to Hiva Oa , Tuamotus and Tahiti for there I noticed the dogs usually quiet. A car and truck whizzed by leaving us deserted once again on a well paved road. The standard of living is higher here than in Central America. The government provides much for the people you can see this in the infrastructure such as this road is missing the Panama potholes that you could sleep in. Parks in French Polynesia are numerous well maintained and beautiful also suppling spotless restroom facilities where as in Galapagos it was stacked a mile high with unappetizing sights. I will not mention Central America of the U.S. Trevor would be saying mom TMI too much information but you see this is what I do see. Sailing is not all beautiful spotless beaches in a perfect world. The world is still fallen but hidden in the world is the beauty of Gods creation when I look the more I will see.
Back to the cars. Walking in Moorea Ted noticed they drive way to fast the same as here just experienced, as children are playing in the street and it is residential not the super expressway the way in which it is used. I suppose in the country that is how people drive. Let us walk on and see more of the country. Crabs are scattered about scurrying into holes in the soil. The earth is moist most likely from run off of the surrounding mountain above. The vegetation is green lush and tall.On the many coconut palms whose trunks are normally grey in color have a red/brown side all the way up the trunk. Our coconut palms at home often have lethal yellowing a disease which will kill them but here Ted and are are not sure what is happening. Up high on the trunk is a metal band which is placed on the tree to keep rats out of the fronds where the coconuts grow and are harvested suppling industry to the country,coconut oil, products and food for me it is the eye appeal of the tree I like most. A small spotted pig was fenced in on the beach under a palm tree and he looked hungry and lonely. I have not seen many wild animals in the South Pacific as in Central America. The birds are less no parrots squawking about there are small birds in the hedges and I have seen the black birds with white hats again.
The people like tattoos and you will see many on men and women alike. A face may be half tattooed and the women in beautiful dress may have a leg showing many a design.
Whether walking on a country road or in city streets life exists and surrounds you in new color everyday.
I have to go as Ted and Trevor are the pulling anchor and moving on to Bora Bora. I see you there. gg