When you live on a boat and cruise the seas of the world, plans change all the time, even more so in the Pacific Ocean, where the distances are long. Most people we have talked to the last year, did not stick to their initial plans or schedules for one reason or another. Boat issues are the number 1 incentive to stay longer in a place (it needs to get fixed before being able to move) or leave immediately (to find parts). Some cruisers rush to a haulout facility, others to Tahiti. You stay longer than planned for packages to show up, because you enjoy the social scene, or because you are finally in a city with all its useful amenities. Or, because you could use a break from the boat.
Mark and I had been talking about a few options once we arrived in Tahiti. After getting some things straightened out on Irie, figuring out some health issues and catching up on internet tasks, we could move to shore for a bit (hard to find a suitable place for one month near the mooring field, and moving all our things would be a hassle), sail over to pretty Moorea (a good option once we could pull ourselves away from the conveniences here), fly to the States to see friends and family (very expensive and someone would have to keep an eye on the boat) or take a vacation to Easter Island for a week (yes, we do need a real vacation and haven’t had one in the seven years aboard).
Happy Hour at Casa Bianca with Rachel, Patrick, Cheryl, ...
... Chris, Mark, Rene, and Giorgio
Cleaning and fixing the raw water pump
Happy Hour with Gesina and Leo - more people we met before, all over the Caribbean and Pacific
Steve and Mark at a bar in Pape'ete
Liesbet and Lily at the same bar - we met the friendly folks of Liward in the Perlas, Panama
The roulottes in Pape'ete - a great evening out!
The roulottes (food vans) bring their own cooks, waitresses, tables, chairs and equipment
One of the roulottes on the waterfront in Pape'ete (only at night)