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Aranui Day 2: Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago

Published on June 26, 2011 By Carly

Greetings from Fakarava, or as the crew likes to say, Fuuuuuuukarava. You get it, right? It is very handy. I may use it in the future. Today was our first day ashore, although we had only 2 hours to check things out before the crew was done unloading cargo. Angela, Erke and I attempted a […]

Aranui 3 – Freighter to Paradise: Day 1

Published on June 25, 2011 By Carly

Let me start this post by saying that you will get sick of hearing how much I loved the Aranui 3 – the freighter to paradise. I loved the ship, I loved the Marquesas and I especially loved the crew. I loved every single moment on board, so get ready for a love-fest. Can I […]

Papeete, Tahiti: Parlez-Vous Anglais?

Published on June 24, 2011 By Carly

Well after 2 flights, 20 hours in transit and several glasses of Champagne on the plane, I finally made it to Tahiti! Papeete is much more bustling than I anticipated. A riot of scooters, motorcycles and French cars cruising up and down the main road. But the colors, ah the colors. I went on a […]

Every Soul Longs to Soar: The First Day of My South Pacific Solojourn

Published on June 23, 2011 By Carly

Today I started my trip, bright and early, at 6:30 am in the Cleveland Airport La Quinta. I loaded up my 39 pound backpack, strapped it on, and marched out of the hotel and into my dream. Cleveland to LA. LA to Tahiti. Let the adventure begin.