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... are not the Society Islands and even inside a specific group, differences exist: Tahiti is not Bora Bora nor Moorea. Nevertheless certain links exist between people of different nations. The Cook Islanders share the same culture as Tahitians, for example. Or it may be a political link that will bring two people together: the Cook Islands or Niue are connected to ne Zealand. I discovered that it is obvious that the old rivalry between France and Great Britain not ...
... between the driver and me. He told me that he supported the independance of New Caledonia and that it will be difficult to obtain because, according to him, France has too big a stronghold on the country. Through our conversation, I realized the greT abismus that separates North from South, meaning here Noumea. For our driver, Noumea represents the French and everything is organized to " accomodate them". The North? Why that's only the Kanaks, he told me. Enlightening ...
... a walking tour in the gardens in which Gladys told us about the creation myth of Te Kanaki who was born when the teeth of the moon begat a lizard and humans were born from this lizard, which reminded some girls of the rainbow serpent myth. She took us through some of their storehouse of 'bush tucker’ and medecines- arnica type herbs as an anaesthetic, the Caledonian Apple tree which they eat to sooth the pain from eating reef fish which is an illness ...
The influence of France is evident throughout New Caledonia:
- gendarmerie (white men only, from what we saw)
- pretentiousness (from the white)
- maddening bureaucracy ******** (just try getting a refund after a cancelled ferry)
Yet, this is a developing nation:
... sea life. There is a pool on the waterfront but with Caleb and my colds and coughs we may not get a chance to use it. It is situated in a Neighbourhood which is interesting. I went for a short walk tonight. Will see if I feel up for a run tomorrow. Looking back, was it worth the week driving around the main island - would we recommend d it. We will let time pass before we decide 100 ...