Crab on the highway

Crab on the highway

My good times crashed down to earth a bit with a difficult day yesterday. So I am dedicating this morning to some of the strange things I have seen whilst here in French Polynesia.

Picnic in the ocean

Imagine you’re at the beach and you spy some locals gathered around a picnic table complete with umbrella, food, drinks and laughter.

Now place that scene 20 meters out in the water and you’ll chuckle at what I was seeing. I swear they were out there, nothing doing, enjoying their BBQ or picnic around a table (with umbrella) in almost waist high water. The only thing that was missing was the actual BBQ.

Woman carrying a baby

She was riding a bike, gripping the handlebar with her left and clutching her baby with her right. It didn’t look very safe to me, but who am I to judge?

Chicken on my roof

I don’t think it was the culprit eating my roof the other night but still, somehow a rooster was up on my roof this morning. I walked the perimeter and didn’t find any obvious ways he could have gotten up there. What a vantage point for his crowing though! In fact, there’s chickens everywhere on this island.

Crab on the highway

Single lane main road that circumnavigates the island; this is their highway. As I was driving home last night I came upon a crab on the road, pincers up, looking dead-set determined to kick my arse. My headlights must have startled it because it was staring me down as I approached. I continued past the aggravated crustacean.

It’s remarkable to go for a drive and find yourself immersed in thick rain-forest yet still a few meters away from the ocean. At times I will see nothing but the green lush surrounding me and then suddenly I’m in a clearing where a big wave might actually roll up onto the road. This is an amazing place.


Australian. Sport. Passionate Cricket Fan. Go Pro. Abseiling. Snorkeling. Travel. Golf R. SQL Server Developer. Three sons. One daughter. Last Trip: New York.

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