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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

All too soon, our time with David and Marian was over, and we returned them to Neiafu to catch their flight.  We were feeling a bit blue after we said goodbye so we decided to chillax and take advantage of the town amenities before moving on.

Wednesday night we went to the Giggling Whale, which the owner describes as a “gastropub,” to hear a local band and watch a group of students perform traditional dances.  The kids take donations which they put in a bank account to fund their schooling.

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We were sorry our hula connections (yes we have hula connections!)  weren’t with us to explain the finer points.

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The remainder of the week was spent doing boat chores.  In addition to the usual cleaning and laundry, we hit the market several times, buying locally-woven baskets

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and other essentials. 

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We were serenaded throughout the week by the nearby high school band practicing “Por Ti Volare” and ragtime riffs. 

After our busy week, we decided to have a good old-fashioned laid-back Sunday. 

As with most of the islands we visited, religion is a prominent part of life in Tonga.  Ten o’clock Mass at St. Joseph’s was entirely in Tongan, but it gave us the opportunity to stop and reflect on the events of the past 12 months since we left our slip in Seattle.  The singing was divine.

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After lunch we followed the road out of town to see what lay beyond the touristy waterfront.  It was well worth the effort.

We’re waiting on Allison and Sam to clue us in on these nervous blue kingfisher type birds.

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This family stopped to chat while out on an old fashioned Sunday drive.  Little girls love a Sunday drive, and this family appreciated the story about S’s Dad taking her on Sunday drives to the country to feed apples to the roadside horses of northwestern Pennsylvania.

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This guy didn’t want to miss the chance to show us his puppy walking technique.

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And these guys didn’t want to miss the chance to flex their pecks and throw some gang signs.

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After miles of walking we thought this comfort hound had the best Sunday afternoon program on the whole island.

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