Last night around sunset, a boat pulled in and anchored next to us with a
couple and a small boy. We waved to them hello and they waved. In the
morning Jonah and I rowed over in the dinghy to introduce ourselves. Jonah
was very excited to show the boy his Megazord and when we got there we
found that although they are French both husband and wife spoke excellent
English! Unfortunately the child, Victor, did not speak any English. That
did not stop them from playing together however.
We invited them over for a visit and they said they would love to, after
they had a swim which is apparently their morning ritual. When Jonah saw
the little boy in the water with his father he agreed to go in with me.
They then swam over and we all had a fun time swimming about the boat. And
even Jonah, who has been so far not thrilled about swimming from the boat
(although he has no problem at the beach) admitted he enjoyed it. So far
he has claimed he would not swim in deep water because of octopus and
jellyfish which he feared would attack him in deep water.
After a nice swim they went back to their boat, dressed and came to visit
in their dinghy. The two boys managed to bridge the communication gap with
action figures and were soon playing happily. The two women (Kate and
Claire) were chatting busily about schooling (Claire is a school teacher
on Nuka Hiva). Raul then noticed my (so far unused) spear gun and we were
off in his dinghy to bag some lunch.
Of course, seeing as how my spear fishing experience is limited I did not
manage to spear one fish, though I took shots and two or three. Raul
managed to snag 2 small fishes and one nice Jack of about 10-15lbs. We
then proceeded to have a nice lunch (even Marcus and Chris dropped by)
Raul filleted the fish and I cooked it. I did manage to get some practice
loading the spear gun which above water was something I had great
difficulty doing. As everyone said, it is far easier in the water. Next
time I am sure I will bag one.
We may go with them this afternoon to see the village, it looks very cute
from the water with just a few traditionally thatched buildings and a nice