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.


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.


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.


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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