3:21 am 19.44S 174.17W

Salsa af Stavsnas
Ellinor Ristoff Staffan Ehde
Sat 9 Aug 2014 14:52
The day before yesterday we took off soon after Ellinor had been to the market to buy some fruit and vegetables. Market is an exaduration, there was one woman selling some carrots, some cucehumber (without spelling assistance it is really hard! Hope you understand!), lettuce and that was it. Their lands are sill suffering from the hurricane damage so they could not participate in the agriculture festival this year and they have almost nothing for sale.
We went up north along the reefs to a very small island called Nukunamu. Nobody lives there but we found a small camp, beautyful made in the traditional way (will post pictures when possible).
The water surrounding the island was so beautyful it is hard to describe, all the blue colors you can think of. We worked our way in a labyrint of coral patches, Ellinor standing in the front eye ball navigation. It is important you pick the right time of the day because if you have the wrong angle from the sun you will not see ahead. It takes training to read the colors of the coral patches, different depths give different colors.
We worked slowly and finally could drop anchor on white sand.
After lunch I took the kids ashore with the dinghy and we enjoyed the afternoon exploring the water and the shore.
We stayed all by ourselves over night and enjoyed the spot until I downloaded the weather and saw we would get a hard wind and lots of rain the coming 24 hours.
Up with the anchor and go back out (wich is easier since you have the track on the plotter, something important to do if you have to leave in the middle of the night).
We went a little bit south into a bay by the Foa Island. Same thing, eye ball navigation through the reef, slow and careful. Once inside you are free to move around and find a good spot.
Anchor down and Andreas wanted to follow me snorkeling and check the anchor. He told me he is really fast with fins, and he was! My god has he picked up the tecnique to swim, he actually swims just as much under the water as above. Erika is already more like dolphin but Andreas surprised me.
We saw a turtle just disappear from the surface near the boat and every body else went into the water. No luck.
No turtle.
Ellinor and I take turns on putting the kids in bed, there is very given path, brush the teeths, read from a book and then into the beads. I usually lay next to each of the kids for about ten minutes and we talk or have some fun with words. With Andreas I have found a really funny routine, Im a journalist and he is some sort of professional to be interviewed. He loves it and I get some laughs. Tonight he was an astronaut.
-So how do you train for becoming one?
- It takes 6 years
-and what is the hardest?
-to learn to keep your breath if your space suits break
-wow for how long?
-an hour
-that's long
-well that takes 2 years of our training
-did you ever have to use that?
-oh yes, I bumped into a collegue in space and my suite broke so I had to keep my breath, luckily it was me, because the collegue only had one year of training
-it is very hot and cold in space how do you deal with that?
-oh well, when it is cold I put the heater on and when it is warm I take the space suite off and Im naked
- but how do you survive?
-Oh, I keep the helmet on...
well well, now it is 3 a clock am, everybody is sleeping, even our little astronaut. Im awake because the wind is really screaming in the rig and I want to check that we do not drift. As I was up I thought I write something...
Good Night again