Chapter 3: "I was caught in the rain..."
Trip Start Oct 01, 2003
56Trip End Nov 2004
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Where I stayed
Pension Te Miti was my final bed in French Polynesia, and it was a charming little place set back a few hundred meters from the main (only?) coastal road
Anyway, the pension was comfortable enough, but unfortunately there's not a whole lot to do on the west coast of Tahiti... especially when it rains, which it did all day Friday. I mean, it REALLY rained, in that tropical way. They'd been having a drought lately, so everyone was thrilled except for me, because that meant my 5-km walk to the "Musee de Tahiti et des Illes" was super-unpleasant. To make things worse, the coastal road is constantly jammed with cars, even though I have no idea where they're all going -especially the ones heading away from Papeete! On a side note, I'd forgotten that Renaults and Peugeots existed until hundreds of them were lined up bumper to bumper and splashing me with mud. Funny little cars, whatever.
The museum was cute and modern and had some nice displays, but having grown up in Williamsburg, my expectations of historical exhibits run high so I wasn't overly impressed
The rain let up for a little while on Saturday, so I hung out on the beach near the pension, and read a lot of my current book: "Two Boys At Swim," an engrossing account of two friends in 1915 Ireland. I also listened to Revis on repeat several times, making "Caught in the Rain" the unlikely most-listened-to song on my trip so far. God I'm lame. Thank goodness (and 'BRU) for the i-pod, though! Backpacking snobs may sneer, but I'm not sure how I'd get by without it!
Spent most of last night at Faa'a airport (dig all those triple-vowelled Polynesian names!), so I'm a bit of a zombie after sleeping only two hours. Excuse the rambling. Arrived on Rarotonga this morning, and was driven to Vara's Beach House by Vara herself. This will be my first real "hostel-ly" experience, as the "House" is actually many dorms clustered together on the beach holding around 150 backpackers, most of whom seem younger than me
OK, for a relatively uneventful few days I've gone on long enough. Not sure how to spend the next few days... the beach & lagoon are beautiful here so if the weather is nice I may hang around and just relax. Otherwise I might splurge and fly to Aitutaki atoll which is supposed to be gorgeous. Stay tuned!