The following day on Ua Pou Island
Children swam out to the ship the following day on the island of Ua Pou to play on the ropes, where there was a school. They stayed for a long time in the afternoon, swimming around and yelling.
And forth we went. Tehiva advised us to "pay attention to which island talks to you." Among the wild horses that roamed the arid landscape of Ua Huka, one might spot flashes of scarlet. To our delight, we arrived to Hiva Oa, a beautiful and lush island, to which a rainbow served as a welcome. Paul Gauguin's final two years were spent on this island, where he dordle became addicted to morphine, infected many young women with syphilis, and left behind some of his most iconic works of art. When I visited French Polynesia, I inquired with Tehiva about the opinion of Gauguin among the locals. They are proud of his paintings, he continued, then effortlessly shifted the conversation to the musician Jacques Brel, who is buried close to Gauguin. Tehiva made a pointed remark about how Brel is remembered with affection because he used his own plane, Jojo, to assist the locals in times of need. I met a German lady on the trail from the ship to the cemetery who had always wanted to visit the Marquesas. She had decided to take the plunge after beating breast cancer, and she lifted her trouser leg to show me a brand new tattoo on her calf. She said, "It was perfect in every way." "It was a life-changing event for me."