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Not sure if you heard but I decided to cancel my Egypt and Mexico trips this year and am only moving forward with Madagascar (pending their borders are open by July, praying they do), Morocco & My “Mystery Destination” (pending their borders are open –…
The flight into Rangiroa was stunning and unlike anything my companions had ever seen, of course I was also amazed because nature NEVER ceases to amaze me but I had seen similar views from the float plane when I visited Fiji, so though I WAS snapping photos like crazy and was VERY excited, I was even more thrilled to see the looks on my baby girl and friends faces and feel their excitement! Especially Jolee, she was absolutely BLOWN AWAY and said she wished she could jump out of the plane and into the water. She felt like she couldn’t get to the water fast enough! My heart was beaming to see and FEEL her excitement.
After a glorious show from the air, we landed and could hardly wait to get settled in.
We met our accommodation host who was waiting with a sign and told us he was going to drop off another family first who had already picked up their luggage. This gave us time to retrieve our luggage, which was very quick because we were literally the only flight and it was a small plane. The hotel was literally located about 4 minutes down the road from the airport so he returned fairly quickly, it was then that I realized he was barefoot, reminding me that we are not in America anymore. During the drive, I also quickly noticed that the shades of green in Rangiroa were unlike any green I had previously seen in my travels. The greens here weren’t the deep, dark greens I am used to, rather all different shades of lime green. I was so intrigued. The island was very small and we would end up riding bikes to get around everywhere the whole week. In my opinion, this is the best way to get around a place like this, with the sun shining down on you and the wind blowing in your face. DREAMY!!!
When we arrived to our cute boutique hotel, our host jumped out of the car and scrambled to quickly grab a bamboo tray, sitting at the base of tree that was holding coconuts for all of us to drink. This was THE MOST DELICIOUS coconut I have ever had ANYWHERE, in ALL of my travels. Even prepared with eco friendly straws, which mad my heart smile.
He then guided us to our home for the next 5 days which was even better than I expected. I knew I had booked us the biggest place on the site but I had no idea I had simultaneously booked us the only LITERAL beach front place on the property. I mean they are all technically beach front but ours was literally up front. What a blessing and fun surprise! So grateful! We quickly picked our beds and immediately changed to hop into the water we had just been oogling from the plane.
Jolee wasted no time and completely ditched me, which was actually HUGE since she has severe separation anxiety and rarely ever leaves my side. I was SOOOOO excited that she felt comfortable, safe and at ease enough to leave me.
Nature, particularly the water has that affect on her. She loves the ocean more than ANY other human I have known in my ENTIRE life and feels so comfortable in it. She is a real mermaid, ask ANYONE who has ever been to the ocean with her, I am NOT exaggerating. Even Strangers at our hotel took notice of her affinity to the water and would comment to me how beautiful it was that she spent every waking moment in awe of and exploring the big blue! She seriously only got out to eat and sleep, no joke.
After I changed and pulled out my snorkel gear, I headed to the beach and met up with my little mermaid. Get ready for picture overload. We swam . . .
After HOURS in the water with Jo(lee), I chose to get out to “take it all in” from the beach. I was still in shock that we were actually there! I wanted to remember every sight, every smell, every sound, EVERYTHING!
It was such sweetness to my soul too, to sit on the beach and feel the warmth of the sun warm me on the outside while the joy of watching Jo play her little heart out in the water, searching for fish, trying to keep up with them and looking for shells in the sand, warmed me on the inside. This was a true moment of bliss in my life, a moment I will never forget. My heart is full.
Jolee stayed in the water and swam until I told her it was time to clean up for dinner.
Truth be told, those rice cakes were awful, they tasted so stale. Maybe they were? Or maybe it was just the humidity that zapped the crispness out of them. Who knows, regardless, I was grateful for a healthy vegan meal.
After dinner, we all headed to the waters edge, our friend Rachael spotted some fish from the table that appeared to be playing, so we went to investigate. Turns out, those fish were actually black tip sharks! It was so fun to watch them “do their thing’ from the sand. At times, we thought the smallest ones might actually beach themselves as they played in the tiny waves, so we stood by, half expecting to have to them back into the water! They ranged from tiny babies that we wondered might be newborns to juvenile sized ones we felt were kind of the babysitters. They appeared to be exercising or learning to hunt, still unsure exactly what we were watching but it was absolutely FASCINATING! It was like watching a nature show in real life! Without the commentary as our friend Marina noted. ha ha
We headed to bed with full bellies and full hearts, excited for what the next day had in store. Check back soon for day 3 of French Polynesia. 💙
This will be an 9 part journal series (maybe more). Check back every 2 weeks or so for new French Polynesia journal entries. I can’t believe I am ACTUALLY going to French Polynesia. To be honest, I had kinda placed French Polynesia on my list…
Why is it important to reduce our carbon footprint? Where do I even begin? First, I will start with the fact that research shows that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could help prevent 300,000 – 700,000 premature deaths cause by air pollution by the year 2030.…
So I did it, I travelled during a global pandemic. I had a yoga retreat scheduled and I wasn’t going to miss it since I had willing participants and the borders to the DR (Dominican Republic) had recently opened back up. PLUS, we were told that we were going to be the FIRST group of guests on the property since covid, so that was very reassuring.
How did I do it? What happened?
Well, I first started by getting a covid test myself about 1 week before leaving on my trip (I have done 48-72 hours pre flight for all travels since this first one). I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to be the a*$hole that was unknowingly spreading covid around the world because “I didn’t even feel sick”. As we all know, MOST cases are asymptomatic and I’ll be darned if I am going to be the reason that someones loved one dies! I got my results, NEGATIVE. Sweet!
Step 2. I obtained allll the protective gear. N95 mask, lots of disposable gloves (I found some eco friendly gloves that made me feel waaaayyyy better about using gloves), a couple of surgical hair covers, and two full body clothing covers. I wanted to make sure I had two full sets, one for each way. I also ordered face shield but they didn’t arrive in time. It’s ok.
I left my house, with my hair all tucked away into the protective cover and as soon as we got to eh airport I got all geared up! I had lysol spray (travel size) and disinfectant wipes in bulk in my personal item and utilized my Global entry pass to avoid the large gathering of people. I sprayed and/or wiped anything my bags had to touch and replaced gloves as needed. I also made sure to arrive with a full belly and hydrated, to avoid having to remove my mask during the flight. I mean, it doesn’t really make sense to go through ALL of this, just to ultimately expose myself while on the flight.
Step 3. Once I arrived to my accommodations, I immediately removed my clothing and put them inside a waterproof bag that I would not open again until I arrived home and immediately threw them straight into the washing machine. I disinfected the exterior of my bags and then hopped into the shower. PHEW! I did my best! PS – They took all of our temperatures upon arrival and gave us each a sanitizing kit. We were ALL good.
While we were in the DR, we were required to wear masks anytime we were in public, with the exception of when we were at our secluded treehouse village which is spread out massively or at the beach/swimming, which had ZERO other people on it as far as the eye could see. Not kidding. In populated areas though, always a mask.
On the return flight I did the same thing, I geared up when I left the Treehouse village. Then when I arrived home, I sprayed the heck out of my bags with lysol and left them in the garage, I removed my clothes and put them in a trash bag, which I would deal with the next morning and headed straight for the shower.
I immediately went into quarantine upon arriving home. Now this is where the tricky and obnoxious part came into play. Since I wasn’t sure I hadn’t picked up covid while traveling and abroad, I had to make sure I was protecting my family. I LITERALLY wore my mask all day every day, EXCEPT when I ate or taught yoga via Zoom. However, when I did the 2 before mentioned things, I would go outside as to not expose my family to covid, should I have picked it up during my time away and not be presenting symptoms. It was hard and painful, my face under the mask was raw but I did what I felt was the right thing to do. I even wore it when I showered and only removed it to wash my face. This is where all of my free diving breath holding techniques and Wim Hof Method breath work came in healthy 😂 I am able to hold my breath for 2+ minutes so it was easy to hold my breath while I washed my face, then put my mask back on. Winning! Ha ha ha
Step 4. I waited the suggested 72 hours post exposure to “build a detectable viral load” then went to the doctor and got retested. I waited 3 more days and I finally got my results. NEGATIVE! I can’t even explain to you how quickly I ripped that mask off my face when I got off the phone with that nurse. Hallelujah! * Note, since this post was written, it is now advised to wait 7-10 days for a detectable viral load, so that is how long I wait to get retested now. *
So yeah, That’s what I did and that’s why I did it.
Was it worth all the trouble? YES! Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY! In fact, I am doing it again in November to my “Mystery Group Trip”. I would also like to note that I would do it exactly the same way I did it this time, except I’d also bring my face shield or protective eye gear that didn’t arrive in time for this trip. Is it excessive? Maybe, but I am not willing to risk spreading a disease that could kill people OR stop traveling now that borders are starting to open back up.
I would like to highlight that I am NOT promoting travel during a pandemic, ESPECIALLY if you are going to be careless and contribute to the spread of this nasty disease. Ultimately, you make your own choices and if you do choose to travel, I hope you are as careful as I was (or close to it) so we can finally rid ourselves of this awful plague.
Have you traveled since the pandemic hit? Feel free to share your thoughts and/or input in the comments below!
Oh and thank you for taking the time to read my post! 😌 🙏🏼