Its taken several days to get fully checked in to Marquesas. Our 3 month visas for French Polynesia got a bit mixed up in Tahiti, but all is well now – papers and passports stamped, and we are officially legal.
The morning light was spectacular on the mountains as clouds slowly moved across peaks like cotton candy in the wind.
The direct translation of ‘cotton candy’ into English, from Afrikaans, is ghosts breath. It looked like it could have been that on the mountain tops too…whisperings from people of the past.
Only about 1500 people live on Hiva Oa.
We picked a few things up at the grocery store, which has many items we recognize, mixed with a few European things we’ve never seen before.
Jude and Aidan practiced doing some crazy stuff on their skateboards while Danny and I tried to visit the hardware store, but once again found it closed even though it was during regular business hours.
I admired some beautiful flowers along the streets,
some of which I’d never seen before.
Every street has the breathtaking backdrop of towering mountains, constantly making me feel small but not insignificant.
We have discovered something incredibly delicious, and returned home to devour it – French baguettes, fresh brie cheese and delicious, crisp Fuji apples. What a combination!!! Add a little fancy mustard to the equation and it’s amazing what happens in your mouth!
Life is simple here. Peaceful, calm and simple. It’s a good place to listen to yourself think.