Shout out #1
Trip Start Jun 05, 2006
44Trip End Ongoing
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landing in tahiti without a place to stay gave the customs agent a little heart-burn, but it worked out perfectly for me. the first place i called was owned by a french character and he was already at the airport picking up someone else. i jumped in the van and went to my accomodations for the week. tahiti was a good place to recover from both my cough and the intensity of the week prior to leaving. i spent a large amount of time on the beach, snorkeling, and swimming.
the people i've met are by far the highlight of everything so far. i spent a good amount of my time in tahiti hanging out with a brit-ish lass who was staying at the same place. she guessed my zodiac sign and gave a good palm-reading. we also rented a car, drove around the island, and made jokes about her lighter with a picture of a man on a jet-ski (he looked so nice and friendly). i also met a character from france who's travelling on his newly aquired unemployment benefits.
fred, the owner of the tahitian retreat, was also quite a character. he had people visiting his house non-stop and the stereo going almost every night. my final afternoon on the island, he let me borrow his surfboard and pointed me in the direction of a good reef break to try out. "jhu jus walk down zee street a few kilo-meterrs and zerr's ziss pont du...how do jhu say it...fish-err-man's? jhu can paddle out zerr and zee break will be perr-fect. vois-la magnifique." i made it to the spot and proceeded to get pulverized by the current/waves/insanity of my attempting to do what i attempted to do. luckily fisherman's point is right next to a five star resort i took the liberty of enjoying for awhile. they had a nice pool and some hammocks calling my name after the brutality of what i experienced.