Day 28–Tues., Feb. 1, 2011–Alofi, Niue

     Covering a scant 100 sq. mi., Niue (‘nyoo ae’) is a solid coral limestone rock in the middle of a vast stretch of sea.  Resources are limited – but there are small deposits of oil, coal, and gold.  Coconuts also grow on the island – niue means ‘behold the coconut palms.’  Guano can be found and would make a great fertilizer, but there is precious little soil in which to grow anything.  The coasts are not friendly to sailors, and occasional drought can bring near disaster.  Although there are more Niuean people living abroad, more than 1,000 people still live on their treasured island.

     We had a 7 AM arrival off the coast of Alofi, Niue this morning.  Ray was feeling a little better so he decided to come ashore with me.  After breakfast we went to the Queen’s Lounge for tender tickets and there was no wait time.  It was a short, smooth ride to shore.  We were greeted by drummers.  There was a good hill to climb to reach the main street.  I took the picture about 1/2 way up.

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IMG_1758 Footprints in the cement on the hill.

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     There wasn’t really anything open yet but I learned there was free Wi-Fi.  Ray stayed to look around and I went back to the ship for the computer.  On my return, I met Ray walking down the hill.  He was finished.  I went to the top and tried to get online.  After three hours and three moves and I had success.   The flies were horrible.   I guess they thought we were fresh meat.  The gals of the Island performed a few dances for us in the center of their “mall”.

IMG_1743 IMG_1755 IMG_1751 IMG_1756    IMG_1745 Ray discovered this beautiful photo spot!

     We had lunch and then went to ping pong.  No one showed from the cruise staff because of a scheduling error so we all received $5 Grand Dollars!  I think we get to trade them in before Auckland.  I went down to the room to try to rest and Ray went to paddle tennis serve and basketball.  I never did make it to the computer class.

     After a yummy dinner we went to the show to see the comedian Jack Mayberry.  We’ve seen him before – he looks a little like Ross Perot.  Everyone had a good laugh.

IMG_1759 The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. –C.C. Scott-

Today’s post is Day 28 for Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  Tomorrow’s post will be Day 29 for Thursday, February 3, 2011.  We will be crossing the International Date Line and will not have Wednesday, February 3, 2011.  What about the Groundhog?  He better not see his shadow in PA or you guys are in big trouble.  We’ve been hearing about all the snow you are getting.  Not too many people on this ship are too broken up about it – many of them are from the North.  We’ve also heard about the problems in Egypt and at this time the Captain said we will not have any changes in our itinerary as it is 2 months away.

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