We were supposed to leave Monday night but we clearly were goofing off
this weekend and had too much to do so we decided to wait until Tuesday
night. Today we decided the wind is blowing strong enough for us to make
it sailing during the day SO the current plan is a 6 am departure. Its
only 66 miles and with the wind blowing around 20 knots we should be there
well before sunset. If we have to we will motor sail to make it before
dark. "Scahfogg " is leaving at the same time and Anders has
gently suggested a race and Jordan bit the ole male competition thing - SO
we are going to be working hard tomorrow optimizing the sail trim and
trying to look good so a smaller boat with a more experienced crew won't
whoop our butt.
We spent the last couple of days doing errands and running around the city. Its
been a lot of fun.
is the third biggest city in the South Pacific (Ed: After Papeete,
) which makes it the size of many large towns on the East Coast. But its lovely
and real….the men in
wear the traditional lavalavas (skirt like wraps) even the Policeman do! The
ladies wear a long skirt with a fitted tunic top – very chic but proper. I
have tried to wear long skirts and dresses but got tired of it and tried to wear
my most longest shorts so as to not offend. Its hard getting off a boat in a
bought a lavalava in
and wears it around the house sometimes.
Upolu (the name of the main island where Apia is) is wonderful - we can't
understand how the same people live in American Samoa. This island is neat
and tidy with gardens and yards that are fussed over and cared for. It is
so cheap! Their money is the Tala and you get 3.3 Tala to a US dollar.
They use the dollar sign so occasionally we get shocked and then realize
it is dirt cheap.
Today Jonah went with "the Danes" to McDonalds for a goodbye to
Apia lunch. It has been a regular part of our day in Apia since it has the
frosty air-conditioning and clean public bathrooms. What can I say, its
very hot here. Remember we are moving north towards the equator so it is
getting hotter and hotter. French Polynesia seems cool in retrospect!
I am glad that Jonah is getting a lot of time with kids as he has
forgotten a lot about interacting with other children. My favorite story
was when he slapped the older boy in the face because the boy wouldn't
play a game with him and the boy slapped him back, hard. Jonah just sat
and cried in a stunned way while I explained that if you hit someone you
have to expect they might hit you back. The other parents were horrified
but I was grateful for the interaction as Jonah is a true "only
child" who sometimes has difficulty understanding that the world does
not revolve around him.