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.
Not everyone enjoys a five course meal on Noritaki China. The dish might be far more humble but a necessity in life in order to survive.
Ah bless. I’m always a soft touch for the under dog. She’s been abandoned by the homeless who have been offered a bed and three meals a day during the lock down. Most had dogs but I don’t think they were invited. She’s starving and has terrible rope marks on her neck. This is the third day she has appealed to me . She has food in her belly since I met her but we live on a small boat and I have a flock of chickens to feed. I will do my best.
Day 15. We have 30 cases and one still in hospital. On January 18th, a big street party was held in Papeete, Tahiti along the main road. The road was blocked off so that families could have a fun day. So typical of the Tahitians. Today cars could travel through but the occupants needed a permit underlying their reason. Consequently the road was empty. The bars that were bursting at the seams are now closed. Every evening I enjoy my one hour in a one km radius to power walk for exercise. In keeping with the French system, sport is recognised as being beneficial to overcome this current situation, as well as the lock down. I feel confident that soon we will be back in the street celebrating the best street party ever. We can wait, it will happen.