“We first encountered Polynesia through the Gambier Islands.
As we discovered the village of Rikitea, a Mangarevien seemed to complain:
‘It’s truly a shame that you came now!’
Puzzled, we check in with each other, worried we might have committed a faux pas.
‘There are no fruits at the moment’ he pursues.
If that’s all it is, we’re good.
‘The guavas are done, we don’t yet have mangos nor lychees and there are barely any grapefruits left…’
We were at ease, but since we had planned on being here for a few months, we were curious to find out when we might find these fruits.
‘So, when is the fruit season then?’ we asked him.
– Oh, sadly, it’s over.
– Yes, but when will the season start again?
– Hum, it’ll be back, we have to wait…
Gambier Islands, French Polynesia, 2011