Twenty-four hours of traveling from Goshen found us finally falling into bed in Papette, Tahiti.  The next morning we saw the beautiful spot where we were—black sand beach, crashing waves, greenery, and flowers.  We took a self-guided walking tour of the town learning a bit of its history and culture.  We ate the traditional lunch of Tahiti–poisson cru.  This is a marinated fresh fish salad with cucumber, onions, and tomato with lime and coconut milk dressing—good.  We ended with corossol ice cream which reminded us of our time in Ivory Coast.  We visited the city market which reminded us of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  In the evening we watched traditional dancing from the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.

The second morning we took a car tour around the island.  It was good to see something other than urban area. The scenery in a number of places was just as Gauguin had painted. We watched more traditional dancing the second evening.

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