Six

Yesterday Aeneas turned six! It’s his second birthday on this trip (last year we were in Fuengirola). It turned out to be a hectic day that started early to open presents. He was astonished to find Playmobil and Lego underneath the wrappers as they aren’t to be found anywhere in these regions. We had them stashed away since Tahiti! At 10am it was off to the fuel dock to fill up with diesel and provisions. There’s a great fruit and veg market in town and on Friday it is really bustling. The other shopping is less straightforward to obtain and requires running from one Chinese shop to the next to tick off all the items on the shopping list. Once everything was on board we returned to our mooring just in time to start the birthday party, which was organised by the local bar. They had baked a beautiful cake and decorated the place with balloons. Aeneas got lots of thoughtful presents from our fellow cruisers: a handmade personalised flag, someone’s favourite music CD, several nautically themed (compact) family games, a pirate game, a flags domino game, a seahorse necklace, and more! There were ten kids in total and they played hide and seek, went jumping off the pontoon and ate lots of cake. Aeneas had a brilliant time. To put it in his words: “The best day ever!”

early morning

early morning

plenty of fresh fruit and veg

the fruit and veg market, great provisioning 

plenty of fresh fruit and veg

plenty of fresh fruit and veg

boys

boys

Jerome and Alex gave Aeneas a personalised flag and a classical music CD - very thoughtful!

Jerome and Alex gave Aeneas a personalised flag and a classical music CD – very thoughtful!

the cake

the cake

party time

party time

sunset view from the bar over Neiafu

sunset view from the bar over Neiafu

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