21 Sanuali Tues
Off to the Blue Banana beach house for two nights. Chris and Shane Egan the owners herald from Kirra on the Gold Coast and we have a loose connection to them through Nola Roughton (my sister-in-law’s Mum) so it was nice to spend a couple of days at their Western piece of paradise.
They run a gift shop in town and are keen surfers so having reef break on their doorstep must feel like heaven. They have lived in Tonga for nearly 30 years so had lots of interesting insights.
The weather was kind and hot so jumping in and out of the lagoon engulfed our afternoon with ease. As the sun slunk away half the local villagers were frolicking in front of us until darkness shooed them back home. Watching the young and old look out for each other, play around in the waves and dive off the one rock amidst a gaggle of giggling and laughing creating a lovely soundscape to the ocean views and our sundowner barbecue on the deck.
22 Sanuali Pulelulu
I woke up with a cold but didn’t let that interrupt my swim, read, rest routine. Another spectacular sunset closed the day as we fired up the barbecue and settled to watch the village ‘show’. We keep pinching ourselves that we have been in Tonga for almost a year.
Have had a hiccough with the passport application over photos (I just knew it was never going to be straightforward) so we still have a few bases to steal before we get over the home plate. Tomorrow we are back battling bureaucracy gone a bit too mad for my liking. Never mind we still have seven weeks until we leave.
23 Sanuali Tu’apulelulu
A couple of refreshing dips before and after breakfast, change the flat tyre and back into town we go and straight back to reality. First stop tyre shop to swap spare… not the best fit!
We ran around and got new passport photos and resubmitted forms which are now on their way to Canberra again. Celebrated with lunch at Beach Cafe where ex-student Tevita looked after us with his usual pizzazz!