Saturday, June 25, 2011
Continuing to explore the Island
Yesterday I had the day off and got to explore downtown by myself. Andy dropped me off before he took the car rental back and I took a bus back in the afternoon. I saw the Cathedral of Notre Dame...not as impressive as the ones we saw in Mexico but pretty all the same. I went in the Marche Municipale, the Open Market and browsed around all of the trinkets. I visited Bougainville Park, the momument to Pouvanaa a Oopa (a WWI war hero from the island of Huahine who went to prison for seeking independence for his own country. After he was released from prison in France and returned home, he was sent back to France as Tahiti's representative in the French Senate), and the Robert Wan Pearl Museum. This is the only pearl museum in the world and was probably my favorite. But it's not the pearls that made it so good (although they were beautiful). And it's not all the stories and information they provided that impressed me (although they were very impressive). It's the eye balls of the statues that really caught my eye ...they were so real! I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me they took them from someone alive and stuck them in these statues...they were that real! I think I spent more time looking at those silly eye balls than I did the pearls. I don't think this should come as a shock to anyone as I've already establilshed I'm not that cultured!
Today we're getting ready to go to the big Sailing Rendevouz. They've planned so many activities I think it might be a bit overwhelming. Not to mention every boat we've ever heard of is going. Registration is this afternoon and we'll get a better idea of how it's going to go.
Before I sign off, I'd like to share a funny story. I thought I was doing Andy a favor yesterday when I picked him up a bottle of rum at the grocery store. His drink of choice is a cold rum and coke and I knew he was low on rum. He's tried out every bottle of rum on the bottom shelf of the grocery store. They store it much like we store wine in the states with the cheapest stuff on the bottom shelf. Well, I thought the $20 bottle looked cool so I bought it (and yes, I said $20 was the cheapest they had). I have never seen my husband poor a drink out, but that is exactly what he did. He tried and tried to drink it and finally fed it to the water. Then he went back to look at the bottle and proceded to give me a very hard time. Now keep in mind that I bought it for three reasons...1) it was the cheapest that he hadn't tried yet, 2) It looked like it came from Jamaica (although to be fair, they didn't bother to put the origin on the bottle, should have been my first clue), and 3) I was trying to be nice. Take a look at the bottle....
Yes, that says Rhum Dou Dou...as in Rum Doo Doo. I wish I could repeat everything Andy said about it as it was so funny I cried, but this is a family blog so I'm going to refrain. So, the next time you get an urge to have a drink, make sure it's not Rhum Dou Dou, because no matter how you spell it, it tastes like....doo doo!