Ok.... so I'm writing this on my phone so you'll have to excuse me if there are massive spelling errors and auto corrections!
Arriving in Tahiti was pretty exciting. All those months of hard slog trainings and sacrifices and we have finally arrived at our destination. We arrived in the middle of the night here. And went back a day too. So our first day here was our second Tuesday of the week! Getting off the plane you're just hit with a blast of hot thick muggy air. Meeting us the airport was Vesna Radonich who has been the absolute best tour guide since we have been here. Having lived in Tahiti previously Vesna has been awesome in showing us around this paddlers paradise!
We are staying at the house of Wilfred and Tepiu Ahmin. Beachfront at Arue. Coconut trees just out the front, waka everywhere... feels just like home.... well except for the 27 degree temperatures.... and the coconut trees... and the beach! Okay so it's nothing like home!
First thing (for our Tuesday part two) was a run. So those that know me know that running is probably my least favourite sporting activity! And so any way... off we go for a wee run... and wow... Vesna runs like she's being chased by rabid dogs... ie FAST! Irregardless of hills or mountains in her way... and along I plod making sure no one is left behind.... lol. A good opportunity to test out our awesome French... 'bonjour' on the way past the locals. Dropping in an 'Iorana' here and there too!
After our run we are straight into the beach to cool off. I don't think I even made it into the beach back home this summer. The difference here being that the water is just so beautiful and warm!!!
After inhaling some food and packing our bags for the day we were off for a tipi haere to the Brightwell/Cowan whare. This is like a papakainga with whanau houses all over the section. Again. Right on the water front. The place is truely beautiful, the whare are very much traditional. Orohena explained that the whare we were in was originally built by her grandmother and so has such beautiful high wooden ceilings and it feels so open and cool in such hot weather.
Jumping into the v1 from here Vesna took us out and for a tour of the Te Aito course. We said that we'd just go for a wee 40min paddle.... about 2 hours later we were back! 😂 The water here is so clear... you will be paddling along and you can see the bottom... watch the fishes swimming by, waving at all the other waka. It's just mind blowing that we were here paddling in Tahiti. For so long it's been the goal. And to actually be here doing it is pretty cool!
After our paddle it was off to the Carrefour (imagine that pak n save & the Warehouse under one roof) to get a kai. We bumped into team California who were on their way to the ODT home training grounds for a nohi.
Another hikoi home and then another swim, bit of a play on the SUP. And then kai and bed.