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A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life

Wow wow wow wow wow! As of today we have been on the road, or away from home for one entire year. Right now this is all feeling very crazy to me for several reasons. First of all I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by. We arrived back in Maui yesterday morning and in so many ways it felt like we never left, never mind that we had done so many amazing things in the time in between. The other reason this one year travel anniversary date seems crazy to me is that in the past I had always imagined that in travelling for a year you would have the time to see the entire world, or at least as much of it as you were keen to see. I thought that in this year we would visit at least a few continents and a minimum of ten countries. On the complete contrary we spent the entire year in Oceania, spending our time mostly concentrated in a few countries.

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Tahiti Photos

Tahiti Photos

Some photos from our last couple of days in Tahiti.

We were finally able to add the last bunch today, enjoy!

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The Other Side of Tahiti

Our last few days in Tahiti were spent couch-surfing with a local Tahitian lady named Areti and her family. We were struck immediately by how different life for native Tahitian people is from those of the French living on the island. Through our experiences with Marc and his family, we saw Tahiti as a playground for relatively affluent French professionals, sailors and their families. Our stay with him included going out to eat at restaurants, visiting the harbour bar for food and drinks, watching sailing regattas, spending the day on the ocean on a friends’ motor boat and chatting with his entirely French-born set of friends about their experiences sailing around the world. We thought, at the time, that this was what Tahiti encompassed. We were quickly corrected of our views within minutes of our stay with Areti and her family.

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Missing photos from Moorea

Missing photos from Moorea

Moorea and the “Tsunami”

We were told by a couple of people that if you were to visit one other island in French Polynesia, it should be Moorea. Located 35 km from Tahiti, Moorea is a 30 minute ferry ($30 CDN round trip) ride from Tahiti. The island is very well serviced as there are numerous ferries throughout the day. We chose to catch the earliest ferry in the morning in order to maximize our time on the island. While we found that getting to the Moorea from Tahiti was not a problem, getting around the island itself was a completely different story. French Polynesia in general (from what we’ve seen) has a pretty dreadful public.

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On the water in Tahiti

On the water in Tahiti

After an exasperating twenty-four hours in Honolulu, Kendall and I made it to the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia. The flight was around 5 hours from Honolulu to Papeete and we landed at roughly 1030pm. We were lucky enough to be greeted at the airport by Marc, the couchsurfer we will be staying with for a couple of days. He welcomed us with beautiful Tahitian lei’s and drove us to the marina where his sailboat stays in the lagoon just beyond. It was late at night when we finally arrived at the boat and we were pretty tired from the last two days of travel, so we didn’t notice much about the island that first night. I did however notice the similarities between the streets of Tahiti and the ones from mainland Europe. All of the cars, licences plates and street signs were distinctly familiar from past European travels.

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