The best thing about 3 days on the empty island? We could run naaaaaked ;) The worst? No sweet water sucks.
Such an idea: if we are in the place of the world, where inhabited islands still exist – we should take a chance! In north Tonga there are many islands without people and only if you find a way to get there – you can stay for a while.
Kenutu, a little island on the east side of north islands. After Kenutu there is just ocean and International Date Line, where the day starts.
So we go. We found a man with a motor boat, paid for the petrol (both sides in advance!) and agreed he will come back to get us in 3 days. He left us alone and waved for goodbye.
Wuuuuuhuuu. Do you remember those funny talks: who would you take with you to the uninhabited island? Or what would you take? From the important things we had: our tent, bottles with sweet water (no sources of water on the island), some cans with food (no really food except coconuts and fish there), a lot of matches and a bush knife. That was such a safety minimum for us. Don’t forget we have kids ;)
First thoughts? Come on, we are totally alone! We can run like idiots on the island and nobody will look, or jugde, or whatever. We can take the clothes off, we can jump and sing very loud. A new feeling!
Ok, let’s put the tent and let’s make the fire. We collected the wood and… it started to rain. Actually we were really a bit unlucky with the weather, was raining most of the time, and even if I’m a master of making fire – it’s not so much fun when everything is wet. And when your kids start to be hungry and ask when this rice will be ready. Suddenly, making a simple lunch takes ages.
Or collecting coconuts! There were a lot of rats at the island, so 99% of coconuts had a little hole and were empty inside. But we knew we have to find some, because we wanted to be sure that we have enough of sweet water in the bottles, just in case. And once you found some coconuts – you realize that carrying more than 2 or 3 is a challange. So you go back to the tent, and then again through the bush to the other side of the island.
Suddenly you can realize how much time takes just… living: collecting rain water, food, making the fire and getting things dry. And – since it was mainly raining – there was anyway not too much time to walk around. But we did walk: meeting some other inhabitants of the island (crabs, snakes and bats).
No running water, no cooker, no electricity, no roof and no people – makes you think a lot. About human needs and about safety. „What if?“ – comes to your mind more often.
THE moments of those 3 days? We found a bit of chocolate in our backpack, melted it on the fire and ate with coconuts! And the morning coffee, when on the second day it was finally not raining (the only pity is that the water boiled on the fire – has not the coolest taste ;). And our naked dancing in the rain (our girls were for hours watching some books and paining drawings in the tent, while we… ) (hmm, some time ago some reader send me a question: „ok ok, but how to have sex with your husband while travelling with kids??“, maybe once I should write a post about it..;)
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