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Top Ten Ways You Know You’ve Been Sailing in the South Pacific for a Long Time
- You can communicate a whole range of greetings and emotions with your eyebrows alone.
- The smell of rancid coconuts rotting in the midday sun doesn’t bother you anymore.
- When you ask a local a question and they answer “YES” you know that A. that does not mean the answer is actually yes, or B. that they understood the question at all.
- You usually ask a local if a fish you caught is safe to eat – free of ciguatera, a highly toxic and very localized fish poisoning. And when they say “Yes” you know to see above.
- When provisioning or looking for hardware store items you expect to visit at least half a dozen stores and only find half of the items on your shopping list.
- You no longer trust the accuracy of your charts and consider sticks and rebar acceptable navigation beacons.
- Limes and coconuts are considered staple foods onboard.
- You can self-diagnose and treat fungal infections, staph infections and cellulitis and know the difference between the symptoms of dengue fever and malaria.
- You’ve eaten over 25 varieties of bananas, probably in 25 different ways.
- You consider cyclone season the perfect time to sail around the islands; better winds and a heck of a lot less boats!