Friday, March 27, 2009

Part 2 - Lessons from Moorea

#1) Empty Nest May Not Be So Bad

Okay, so I've been a basket case since discovering that my son will most likely go to an out-of-state school for college. In my mind worst case now is that he graduates from high school, goes away to school and I never see him again. Sad Mommy.

Daughter is two school years behind him. In my mind she follows and both are gone never to be seen again. Wahhh!! I want them both home for Christmas. Makes me sad.

But after out trip, I'm thinking....hmmm...maybe the whole empty nest thing won't be so bad.

I'm just sayin'....

#2) Sunscreen. Everywhere. No, I mean it. EVERYWHERE.

Nobody told me, but French Polynesia is topless at the beach. What the Font?!?! I wore mine mostly because I'm way too conservative not to, but also because I figured it was a very bad idea to expose skin to the sun that had never seen it before.

Having said that....Got sunburned on the tops of my feet while we were kayaking because I didn't think to sunscreen my feet. Owie! Trust me...Sunscreen is your friend!

3) Learn the Language

I feel HORRIBLE that I didn't take the time to brush up on my high school French. My goodness - these people speak at least three languages (Tahitian, French, English) and I know enough French to at least order food and yet we are forcing them to speak English because I was too lazy to brush up on my French before this trip. I feel really bad because we went to France 7 years ago or so and I could order and talk to the hotel people and the taxis and such...but this time I was frozen...all English all the time. sigh.

4) Premium OverWater Bungalow = worth the expense.

Yes this is strictly an opinion thing. We stayed at the Moorea Pearl Resort in Bungalow #402. I think the beach bungalows would be nice as well. Service was awesome; no complaints. :-)

5) It's a Remote Island - things are expensive!

I think we learned this early on. Our boat from Tahiti to Moorea included cargo such as milk, cereal, bread, etc. No wonder things cost so much! My gosh. If you go there, expect and understand the pricing. That's all I'm saying.


  1. what an amazing experience! you coulda emailed me, and I could have helped with translation :) Glad you had a great time :)

  2. It sounds so amazing! I've always wanted to stay in one of those over the water places. They just look so cool!

  3. I want to stay in one of those over-the-water bungalows! How amazing to wake up and step into that beautiful, clear water. So, no toplessness, huh? Maybe you should have tried it... it might have made up for not knowing the language! ;D

  4. I totally understand your fears about having no kids at home. I went through a couple years of that before my daughter left. It does take a while to get used to them not being RIGHT THERE, I'm not going to lie. But, the healing does come and then you realize you have done your job and you did it well. ;)

  5. Pfffttt... Hub & I are already counting the days until our two are off to college, & they're only 5 & 3 ;)

    Man oh man - I can't WAIT to have a vacation in a over-the-water bungalow!

    Keeping my top on though. Don't want to get mistaken for a teenage boy.

  6. Seriously, not in a stalking kind of think but I'm writing the name of those bungalows down so my hubby and I will have a reference point when we go-on-that-vacation without the kids.

    Sounds heavenly!

  7. I have burnt the tops of my feet before and that is PAINFUL!

  8. That sounds fabulous - not the sunburn part, but the bungalow part.

  9. I can't imagine what empty nest life will be like. Right now I'm loving where we're at, but since ours are 6, 4 and one and a half, we've got years to prepare (and maybe get sick of them?).

    The vacation does sound great though, and I've been there with burnt feet. Ouch.

  10. Enjoyed reading these tips/experiences. Indeed, milk & bread in Hawaii are double that in FL and I can imagine they are even more in French Poly.

    Sorry to hear about your feet getting sunburned!

  11. I burned the tops of my feet once in high school. That was enough for me :-)

  12. Yes, I've had the tops of my feet burned more than once, and again this year! Very itchy too once the burn starts healing.

  13. I have had the tops of my feet burned a couple times and it is NOT fun!!!