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Discovering Tahiti part II

During our stay at Pension Vaihonu, we took a tour of Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti. It is worthwhile to note that Huahine means variously ‘pregnant woman’ and ‘penis woman’ from the Tahitian words Hua (penis) and (wa)hine (woman). You can see the reason for this in these pictures. First a pregnant woman lying down (head to the left) and then the hua that got her pregnant (head at the top)

On the tour we learned about one of Huahine’s major exports, Vanilla. I had no idea how complex the growing, propagation, and preperation of it was. On the flight back to Hawaii there was an excellent article about it in Hawaiian Airlines in flight magazine Hana Hou.
fishponds in Tahiti
Also on the tour we visited some still in use ancient fish traps, a stream filled with sacred blue eyed eels that the locals say purify the water so that it is fresh and clean. A local girl and her dogs volunteered to get in the water and played with the eels while we were there.

Huahine in beautiful and not really developed. We were staying close to the village of Fare and used bicycles to get back and forth from there to Chez Vaihonu. In Fare we used the internet one day and noticed that the locals like to hang out on the balconey and watch the peole go by. We joined them. There were several excellent food trucks in Fare and we enjoyed crepes and the favorite local dish Poisson Croux, a delicious marinated fish. One evening we met a couple of local guys and sat with them in the bar where they both broke into tears while telling us about their relative who had joined the US Marines and gone to Iraq.

Flowers in TahitiStrange to see grown men weeping. Mink gave one of them a kleenex and he wasn’t sure what to do with it for a while. The older of the two men lives on an unclaimed sandbar between Huahine Iti and Huahine Nui. They were friendly, if somewhat too exuberant and effusive. After three nights near Fare we woved to Huahine It is for our final night in Huahine at Pension Mauarii .

This was a wonderful little oasis filled with hibiscus flowers, gardens, a great restaurant (complete with huas on the bannister) and kayaks. We kayaked in the beautiful bay, had a delicious meal, and slept in a huge bed under a very nice mosquito net.
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Discovering Tahiti Part 1

Saturday before last Mink Hippie and I boarded a Hawaiian Airline flight and flew to Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Tahiti lies in the South Pacific. Our flight arrived at 11pm and we called and were picked up by the German proprietor of Chez Myrna, Mr. Walter Dammeyer ( B P 790 – 98 713 PapeeteTAHITI Tel. / Fax. 42 64 11 Papeete ). Chez Myrna was clean, had nice baguettes and coffee (instant) for breakfast, and served as a perfect launch pad for us to wake up and go to the Sunday farmers market in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti. As we walked through town we saw lots of signs saying ‘silence culte’. We finally figured out that they meant a church was nearby and people should turn their stereos down and not be too loud.

We had an excellent coffee at the airport and met a woman named Dorothy and an apparently unproductive conversation with a Pension we wanted to stay in. Unproductive as the connection was worse than both of our French and the man she said would come get us never did. The woman in the coffee shop said that he was a real ‘flintstone’. We never saw him. Instead we called Pension Vai honu (Tel: 68.87.33 Fax: 68.77.57) and were quickly picked up by a lovely woman named Jocelyn who told us about how when she was a schoolgirl she had been present when the Hawai’ian voyaging canoe Hokulea arrived in the bay at Fare.”]Mairie de Papeete ( Tahiti )

Papeete is a bit of a ghost town on Sundays and after going to the market and the drugstore (as mentioned in a previous post), we crashed the pool at the Sheraton and had a very enjoyable dinner of pizza and pasta in the restaurant there. The pool was surrounded by topless beauties including our Minkie who was gawked at by a fat man in a black thong. We laughed at him. A real creep. The next morning, Walter took us to the airport and we caught a flight to Huahine. Huahine lies 175 km. (110 miles) northwest of Tahiti in the Leeward Society islands.

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10 Largest Cities in the World by Population

Traveling to big cities can bring huge rewards and culture shock. Have you ever wondered what the cities with the largest population in the world are? Fifteen year old guest blogger Paulo Seval tells us the top ten.

The world is growing at an alarming rate. There are a huge number of estimates on the number of cities in the world, but it certainly would be safe to say that there are more than 300,000 cities in the world currently. world's biggest cityOf course, this depends on what one defines a city. In most cases, a city is considered to be a place that is large and well-populated, and assumes more importance than a village or town. Now assuming more importance leads to several things, like better living conditions, more choice in all respects of life, and so on. These are what lure people to cities, and make cities experience population growth. Because of the large population, cities are generally managed by an authority, which in most cases is the municipal corporation of the particular city, and this body looks into all the things that make up the city. A typical city consists of further sub-areas, called districts or precincts in most places. This division of a city into smaller parts helps in better administration and ultimately leads to providing better living conditions.

For the traveler, the largest cities in the world can be an intense experience as the sights, smells, sounds, and sometimes the feel of the population can be exhilarating.

10. Tokyo, Japan

With a population of over 8.8 million, the capital of Japan ranks 10th among the World’s largest cities. Famous for its
sushi, Tokyo is one of the most advanced cities in the world, a top tourist destination and is also well known for its technically innovative  products. Being that Tokyo is a popular tourist destination there are 26 luxury hotels in Tokyo that offer the best accommodations in the

9. Beijing, China

China is the most populated country in the world and its capital is no exception. Ranked 9th with a population of 10.1 million, Beijing, one of the greatest cities in the world, hosted the 2008 Olympic Games.

8. Seoul, South Korea

With a population of just under 10 and a half million, Seoul is ranked number 8. It has been in existence from over 2000 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world as well.

7. Moscow, Russia

Moscow ranks 7th with a population of 10.5 million. Russia is the biggest country in the world, and its capital is just as diverse. Featuring some of the greatest churches and cathedrals in the world, Moscow is an enchanting city.

6. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is ranked 6th with a population of 11 million. It is the largest city in Brazil, and is named to honor Saint Paul. Featuring one of the largest helicopter fleet in the world, Sao Paulo is also famous for its majestic skyscrapers.

5. Istanbul, Turkey

Formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul ranks 5th, with a population of 12.5 million. One of the largest cities in Europe, Istanbul is a major business center, and many of its monuments have been classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

4. Delhi, India

India is the second most populate country in the world, and its capital is the 4th largest city in the world, with a population of over 12.5 million. Delhi is one of the oldest cities of India, and is home to the Parliament and Supreme Court of India.

3. Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi is ranked 3rd, with a population of 12.9 million. It is the largest city of Pakistan and also serves as is financial center. It features all major businesses in Pakistan, and is also one of the best study destinations in the Islamic world.

2. Mumbai, India

The second Indian city to feature in the top 10, Mumbai is ranked second with a population of 13.8 million. Erstwhile known as Bombay, Mumbai is the entertainment capital of India, home to Bollywood and many architectural wonders as well.

1. Shanghai, China

Shanghai has been the largest city in China from quite some time, and now it’s the largest in the world as well. Once just a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew quickly because of its port, and it is the world’s largest cargo port since 2005, and attracts millions of tourists every year, who flock to the city, which has got many attractions, with the City God Temple, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and many more.

Paulo Seval is fifteen years old and lives in the city of Ontario, Canada. He dreams of finishing his studies and traveling the world. So far, he has been to three different Canadian provinces, the United States, and in his imagination also took a trip to all of the cities in this article and Antarctica.

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