Ian & Claire's Adventure
After a huge comedy breakfast we went to visit the village with Seresio (who turns out to be the chiefs cousin) The village is a real oasis, all the houses are made in the traditional style of bure. Each family has three bure, one to sleep in, one to cook in and one toilet. Seresio walked us around the village, took us into his cousins bure for a break, and introduced us to an adorable bunch of children, who loved having their photo taken and stroking claires hair. Bulou and Seresio, along with the rest of the village, had to attend a meeting so we left and climbed the nearby hills for a great photo opportunity. On the way we passed the local men coming for the meeting on horseback. There is a beautiful river at the bottom of the hill where the women do the laundry, the kids play and the men wash their horses and cattle. Claire's crohns disease seems to be playing up, but no better place to chill out so we spent the rest of the day on the veranda. That evening, Paul arrived (another brit traveller) so we were treated to another Kava ceremony, huge meal and we chatted till late with Tui and Paul. The next day we took up Bulous suggestion of taking the billibillie out. Its a fairly scetchy bamboo raft which Ian found out when he put his foot straight though it. We set off down the river but didnt get very far as it started raining, the goats seemed to be laughing at us from up on the hill, so we went back admiring the huge fruit bats above. We found Tui and a loudly mooing cow,waiting for us I think concerned for our safety. That night we were treated yet again to another Kava ceremony, this one was our farewell, any excuse. After dinner we found Tui had finished one pof the Bures so they let us stay in there for our last night. The bure had traditional palm leaf roof but was more of a smart cabin than the bures we'd seen. We hung the lantern outside as Bulou was concerned about us as usual, and dived under the mossy net for another nights kip. Sorry for the lack of photos, we thought they had been put on so we sent the cd back to the UK oops.