Raquel’s Birthday

The Tuamotus Diaries #34, Day 68 – August 4th 2016

 

On the evening before, we had one of the most beautiful and calm sunsets we’d seen, promising a beautiful day for Raquel the next morning. And it was fulfilled in all glory. A calm breeze coming from behind the palm trees, not a cloud in the deep-blue sky. Of all she got, that was the greatest present.

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We decorated Pesto with fish-shaped balloons and, among Ship Biscuits, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Strawberry Smoothies and Chocolate Balls (“Brigadeiros” in Brazil), we must have prepared at least 100,000 calories for the feast.

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Notwithstanding the sugar overdose, the b-day girl elected to hold part of the celebrations on the deserted beach, which was brilliant in colors right there in front of us. A wise choice, perhaps slightly compromised only by the time of the day allotted for it. At noon, the beach was maybe a little too brilliant, and at some point not even the fresh sea water was enough to keep our heads cool, and we returned onboard.

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There, another one of her presents was a Karaoke machine – and the rest of the afternoon and evening was spent to the tunes of Raquel and Paulo merrily exercising their vocal cords on the new contraption.

All in all, a great day of celebrations.

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