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Malo e lelei!!

rain 30 °C

Which means hi in Tongan.

What a different country. It's a tiny kingdom, but the king here is one of the most powerful in the world. He appoints the government, the prime minister (which is usually his son), the works. Hence the riots in November when the last king died, people want to be a part of the decision-making.

The Tongan people aren't very rich, quite the opposite in fact, but they seem happy even so. Captain Cook named it the friendly islands for a reason I guess.
Although, I'm not always sure wether they are friendly or making fun of me.. I just smile anyway, it seems to go down well, hehe.

The Christian missionaries have had theirs to say here as well, so everyone has to wear clothes when thay go swimming, exept kids of course, and it's totally ridiculous. Just the main island has about 46 mormon churches alone! And if I remember correctly, there's about 100.000 Tongans alltogether.. Really weird. So Sundays are quiet, everyone's at church, singing.
And both men and women wear skirts here, people working for the government (and probably others as well, hard to tell) also wear straw mats around their waists. I quite like it.

I've been on an island tour by bus, which seemed more like a spot-the-mormon-church-tour. And an island day trip out to Royal Sunset where I went snorkelling and saw the biggest clam shells I've ever seen in my life! That's also where I first saw pigs running around free. Chickens, pigs and stray dogs all run around in the streets like they own the place.

I'm afraid I don't have all that many photos, it's been pissing down the last few days and then it's hard to take pics without getting the camera wet.. I'll try harder on Samoa.
Which is where I'm going tonight! I met an English guy who's going as well, he's also going to L.A. the same day as me so we can travel together. Makes the flight less boring.

Gotta go get my things, time to go to the airport.
It would be sad to leave these friendly people, palm trees and frangipanis, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters if I wasn't told that where I'm going next is much better!
What a hard life...

Posted by corro 21:05 Archived in Tonga

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