Day 31 of lock down in Tahiti : Up one to 56 cases with one still in hospital. Hugely disappointing after six days of no change.
Music is the heart and soul of French Polynesia, particularly the Ukelele. Every day someone would be on a street corner singing and strumming along or hoping to sell their instruments. Not during lock down. I miss the vibrance but I’m sure the music will return. No doubt the JW will still be around. Meanwhile on my walk, I felt so sorry for the neighbours in an apartment block, someone was in the early stages of trumpet lessons, the painful noise will drive them mad. Speaking of driving, now would be a good time to start driving lessons. Empty roads in the city, perfect but the instructor would have to sit in the back on the opposite side.
On my sports walk I arrived at the To’ata carpark and l spotted a friend. Not only was she feeding the stray cats but she had also fed the hens and the stray dogs. What a lovely lady. The white dog who I’ve befriended came bounding up to me. I’ve discovered that she has a very shy brother who I’ve also been feeding. Today they were with the park dog greeter. This handsome guy has been abandoned in the park for eight months since his owner died. He’s had to adapt to the park being closed. We’ve all protected him. He was given a red collar but that’s been removed. However, today the three of them played in the car park and the drying up River estuary. Wonderful to see three happy dogs with tails in the air, tearing around with such energy.
Today is day 28 of confinement in French Polynesia, a group of islands and atolls covering an area of over 2,000 kms.
We’ve had 55 known cases of covid19 with 1 remaining in hospital. Most cases have been on the main Island of Tahiti, with a few on her sister Island Moorea, which is just 10 nautical miles away. With restrictions in place, two ferries run a limited service between the two Islands. You can only travel on these for approved commercial reasons or valid family reasons. Otherwise forget it.
I’m in Tahiti. I make the most of my one hour in a one km radius power walk for exercise every evening. From our boat in the marina and from a vantage point on my walk, I look longingly at Moorea in the distance.
We all hope that when safe, travel restrictions will be lifted but until then, we can still admire the view.