Both of my kids have been crying all day. Luke is throwing up. Charlie has diarrhea. People have asked me if I missed my kids while we were gone. Does it make me a bad person to say that after a few days, I started to really enjoy our little time apart? On a day like this, the whole trip seems like it was a dream. Good thing I have these pictures.
The main reason we went to Tonga was to experience it with a native Tongan. My brother-in-law, Salesi, and sister, Kaci, were going to visit Salesi's family and we sort of invited ourselves along. Salesi and his family were great at giving us what they called the Polynesian Culture Center experience.
Friday night, our resort hosted a large dinner and show. The climax was a big fire dance. These girls started twirling balls of fire, inside the hall. It was a little scary. Kaci got up because she was afraid of getting hit. I just kept looking at the grass roof, waiting for it to ignite.
In Tonga, everyone wears a skirt to church, even the men. Erik must have thought it was pretty comfortable because he wore it all day long.
After church we had a huge meal with Salesi's family. Lots of Tongan food. They were so good to us.
We visited the local market quite a few times. Erik examined the produce like he knew what it was.
Erik and Salesi snorkeled around and dove off this old shipwreck. It wasn't until we got home that I read in my Lonely Planet guide that this is the site of many spinal cord injuries. Glad I read that after the fact.
If you squint (or click on the picture to make it larger) you might be able to tell that this is Kaci and I kayaking. I was surprised to learn that many Tongans do not know how to swim and when they do go in the water they wear all their clothes - even jeans! Interesting, huh?
The highlight of our trip to Tonga though was the day we killed and roasted a pig!
Erik thinks this video is a little morbid. I disagree. If you eat pork, why not know where it comes from? Although I highly doubt that the nicely vacuumed packed pork that we purchase at Costco is killed like this. It was a little sad that the pig took so long to die, but wow, did it taste good. The video isn't that graphic, but if you have a problem watching a pig die, you might want to avert your eyes.