here goes ...
on with the kvetching ...
|poolside sunset in tahiti ... do not be seduced by the|
beautiful tropic tranquility!
at happy hour we sat on oversized armchairs on the beach and sipped extremely pricey cocktails that were only affordable from 5:30-6:30 pm ... thank goodness for this or we would've spent the entirety of our trip sober! the shame of it.
in the morning we arrived at the breakfast pavilion and were given warm chocolate croissants and breads, and then we gorged ourselves on a buffet of french cheeses (i must say that the combination of french cuisine and island living is quite nice) ... however we were quite shocked when we found out that said breakfast cost about $30 per person. to be fair, the bolshevik did eat his weight in brie.
side note: we were in the rare minority of non-french speakers in tahiti and i have developed the odd problem that when someone speaks to me in a foreign language i cannot help but answer in spanish. this is not helpful in french polynesia.
it is also interesting to note that the majority of visitors to tahiti had traveled there from france. if you look on a map and are successfully able to find tahiti, you will see that it is damned far from everything, especially france. i can only assume that wealthy french people are choosing to fly across the globe in order to have tropical vacations where they can still have the comfort food of home and speak their native language. odd.
anyway, moving on ...
we tried to save some money by having dinner in town where (i had read in our guidebook) they have a plaza filled with food trucks every night selling "cheap" food. mmmmm .... food truck food. when dining in tahiti there are three food truck options ... seafood, chinese, and crepes.
we quickly found that the cheapest dish at the food trucks was about $20 ... seriously? it's food from a truck, which is then eaten on plastic picnic tables. this is not to say that i do not love food truck food, however, i think it should come at a discounted rate.
|heaps of raw fish deliciousness|
i will not bore you with the rest of my complaints, which all revolve around expensiveness ... but here is a little list, just so you know:
rental car: $150 ish for about 5 hours
polynesian dinner show: $75 per person (we didn't actually go due to pricey-ness)
very short cab rides after the bus stopped running: $35 each
hotel wifi (which was extremely slow, and had the odd habit of continuing to charge us even when we had logged off and left the hotel room) - $6 per hour
anyway ... after a while we kind of felt like we were hemorrhaging money, and all in the period of a three day layover.
okay, enough with the kvetching ... i will now tell you about fun things we did in tahiti:
|view from our 4x4 adventure|
- we visited a religious site with tiki statues
- we rode in the back of a 4x4 through the mountains and looked at flora, fauna and waterfalls
- we swam in a waterfall
- we drank tropical cocktails (but only from the hours of 5:30-6:30 pm)
- we ate ridiculous amounts of french cheese
in conclusion ... tahiti is quite beautiful and filled with natural splendor. however, if you are not independently wealthy i would suggest visiting a different tropical island. next time we will try fiji.