My Return

Private Beach on a Motu (small island) off Bora Bora

As some of you may know I’ve been absent for the last two weeks because my husband and I have been celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in the South Pacific. I had hoped to be able to contribute here while away, but access to the internet was severely limited.

After watching the classic movie ‘South Pacific’ at about the age of 14, I set my sights on visiting the Tahitian Islands one day. You know that thing you do when you are young – you develop a dream and know that one day you might just realise it?

Well, about 20 years ago my husband began a job where it required him to travel to Tahiti once every year or two. The realisation of that dream seemed to be within my reach all those years ago. So, I went out and got a picture of one of the Tahitian islands and stuck it up on my fridge door.

It sat there for 11 years.

In that time I never gave up hope that I would get there. Over the years, and many relocations later, that picture has been lost. But not the dream. It has been faithful and stayed with me.

It seems that the stars were in our favour this year as we anticipated celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Work schedules aligned with study and home responsibilities. A window of time appeared and, just when we thought it wasn’t going to happen, we secured passage on the M/S Paul Gauguin, and spent a week floating amidst the jewel of the pacific and then another week exploring on land. Much fun was had, with lots of snorkeling, swimming, eating and sightseeing. We even relived our youth at one stage and hired a scooter to explore one of the many tropical islands for an afternoon.

A 40 year dream had finally come true…

On the Island of Moorea, with the Island of Tahiti in the background.

Now back to reality, I am left with some amazing memories and photos. Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of those images and memories on my personal blog ‘An Aussie Girl Meets Aotearoa’. So you are welcome to visit me there and maybe even develop a similar dream.

M/S Paul Gauguin


I am still with you…

It seems like a long time since I last posted here, but I want to assure you that I am still with you. I’ve just been a little overloaded the last couple of weeks, and needed to prioritise my activities. Unfortunately MMM has had to suffer a bit of neglect as a result.

I do have some really good posts on the boiler that I hope to get out here soon, but with two FINAL (yes that’s right, final) assignments due over the next 4 weeks, and a trip to Tahiti (yes, I did say Tahiti) coming up in three weeks, I am trying to get everything done so I won’t have to worry about churning out academic words or ideas while I am enjoying the sun, sand, blue sky and warmth of Tahiti and the Society Islands.

I am also anticipating a job interview coming up this Monday. It will be my first job interview for 25 years, so I am feeling a little nervous about it all. Had to dust off my resume’ yesterday and get it updated, and now trying to locate anyone who would be willing to provide me with a half-way decent reference.

Ok, so enough of my blabbering, but be assured that this space will be buzzing again with ideas and stories very soon.

Just to make you a little jealous here is a picture of where I will be in about two weeks…

Bora Bora

Bora Bora (Photo credit: Benoit Mahe)

But I will share with you even better photos on my return. I may even find something relevant to write about.

Now back to my assignments…