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Published: July 19th 2017
July 18, 2017 - Got up a little earlier this morning. I decided to go for a hike along the coast, and wanted to start before it was too hot, though I'm not sure it is ever really cool enough to be comfortable. I left around 8:30 and only had to wait 10 minutes for the bus. I had to switch buses at Beau Vallon, and the bus I needed was already there. But before I could get off the bus, it had pulled away. Such bad timing. I could either start walking, or wait. I waited. It took about half an hour for the next bus to come along. I took the bus to the end, and that is the start of the trail. There is even a sign and everything. A German couple also got off the bus, and I immediately made friends with them so I could have someone to hike with. They are just finishing off a 15 day trip here, and they fly back tomorrow. They told me a little about the others islands and gave me some ideas. It took us about an hour to walk to our destination, Anse Major, which is supposed to
be one of the nicest beaches on the island. But we couldn't access it - they are filming something, and we weren't allowed on the beach. A boy working for them told me it was a movie with British actors, castaways on an island. We shall see. We could access the small beach just before it, but not the lagoon. Too bad. There were already some people on the beach and it was high tide, so there was not much beach to speak of. We climbed up on the rocks there, and there was space to sit. Eventually a German woman showed up, not from the trail on the beach but from the rocks. She asked if it was ok to go onto this beach. She had found an alternate path. I explored it and found the link to the trail back. After about 30 minutes of sitting, I decided to head back and said good-bye to the Germans.
I eventually caught up to a guy walking his dog. We started to chat and he offered me a lift back to Beau Vallon in his pick-up. His name is Nicky and he's South African. He's been living here for
six years, so I asked him a little about the islands and he gave me some more ideas. He dropped me off at a take-away, and I grabbed some lunch to go. I walked down to the beach, which was the part of town I knew, and it took longer than I thought, so I was worried I had gone the wrong way. But no, I found it, and then a tree to sit under to eat. After the lunch, I read a bit and closed my eyes for a while. There were other people around doing the same, and it was kind of nice to be trying out the normal beach thing. I stayed for a couple of hours and then decided to walk back home this time. It took almost an hour, longer than I'd thought. And I have to walk on the main road, the only option. I checked out a couple more beaches along the way, bought an ice cream, and then went to the Bliss hotel. I chatted with my new friend for a while, and then laid in my favorite, more isolated spot. It was already 5pm by this time, and I decided to
go for a swim, sort of. I walked into the rock pool, which I really like, but I only got in as far as my stomach. Maybe one of these days I'll go further.
I watched the sunset and then came back to my place. I chatted with Claude, the dad, and he offered me some dinner. He was just going out for more rice, so I took a quick shower. He called me over when it was done, and I made a plate of rice and chicken curry. He's really quite a good cook. He also got me some pineapple juice, and a couple of mandarins after we ate. We sat and watched CNN, and he told me a little about his life. We also talked yesterday a bit. He's 69, has four kids, by two women. His first wife is Australian and really wanted to live there, so they broke it off. He is actually an Australian citizen due to his marriage, and is going in September to meet his daughter for the first time in twenty years. She's my age, and has three kids. His second wife is the mother of the two kids he lives
with here, but she's a drinker and left them.
Tomorrow is my last day on the island, and I still need to think of what I'd like to do. It may have to wait for morning, as I'm feeling tired. Instead of a cold, I'm now wondering if I have some sort of allergies here. That would explain a lot.
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