Hakatehau - Waterfall and Chocolate man
After visiting the waterfall we followed the path another kilometer and a half and came to Manfred Drechsler,the Chocolate Man. There are not two of his kind, we are sure. Manfred came here 23 years ago. He is German, 65 years old, born in DDR, but grew up in BRD (Western Germany). He has a varied history. He had a sauna business in Berlin, but lost everything in a fire. After a divorce he was a helicopter pilot for a while.
Now he has been here in Hakatehau for 23 years and has built a house three kilometers from the village. He makes his own electricity, grows fruits, coffee, tobacco and what makes him famous, grows cocoa and makes chocolate.
He was a fun guy, and well worth the visit. We communicates in three languages, English, French and German. After a while most of the conversation went in German. As he came from the northern part of Germany, his German was like the one we once learnt in school, but in school we never heard the jokes he told...
His wife, Therese, runs a pension in the village.
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