17.03.2009 - 20.03.2009 28 °C
To start with: all the Pitcairners I have met are just fantastic. Just come out here and see for yourself, life is good here and I hope this fantastic community will be here in the very far future as well. Just let me hope that tourism is not going to spoil the island, most people like it the way it is. And as there are almost no possibilities and plans to built and airport, I think things will be just fine here. Still, I can imagine that Pitcairners do want to have the opportunity to leave the island more easily and quicker if possible.
The three of us, Tom, my cousin Eric, and myself, all stay in different homes. Tom stays at the famous Tom and Betty's place, Eric at Carol and Jay's house and myself at their daughter's place, Darallyn and her man Turi. On top of that I have met several dozens of people, including the youngest one (only 4 months now) and the second oldest one (Emma). People here really make you feel like you are at home, and they take so good care for me, with nice food, transportation on their quad bikes, and finally a really good big bed to recover from the harsh conditions on the Bouncy Bounty.
Almost anyone here on Pitcairn has at least one job, or rather is a multitasker, because really they can do just about everything themselves. Just over 50 Pitcairners live here, and about 15 or so people living here temporarily, like a social worker and police officer from New Zealand.
Yesterday, by coincidence, with had a little party at Andrew's place (remember Andrew? the 7th generation Christian, crew member on board). The reason for this party can sound a little strange to some of you readers, but I just think it is a fantastic thing: his dad died on the 18th of March 2004 and from then on he has a nice little party on that same day every year. So now we had a 5th anniversary celebration...so to speak. He did show an impressive slideshow with photos of his dad and family members which even me gave me some goosebumps. But the main thing was having a good drink (including home made honey liquor....thanks for the headache Andrew haha), talk and meet some more Pitcairners and dance the evenening away. Andrew has built a new house, the highest on the island and it is quite luxurious, including a nice hot tub outside and a big 50 inch screen on the wall where he showed the videos of the music we were dancing on. Sitting down was not an option, we were kindly forced to dance as well and loved it. We didn't leave very late though, so I guess that officially makes me a Pitcairn Party Pooper for leaving early. But hey, people had to work and Friday is another pubnight here on Pitcairn. Hopefully I will still be here by then, because we are still not sure when we go back on that piece of crab. I'd rather go with a dinghy haha. Let's hope we will leave Saturday or later...I heard there is even a dart competition and I wouldn't want to miss that for sure.
Love from all Pitcairners and myself to anyone taking the time to read my basic English blog..;-)