I should perhaps point out that the beautiful header for this blog is slightly misleading. I was looking for an image that would suggest Oceania but that wouldn’t make the blog look like an ad for Polynesian honeymoon destinations. Then I happened upon this painting by my friend Roger Kizik, who some years ago did a fabulous series of large paintings of books with a deceptively 3-dimensional appearance. Unlike me, Roger is a sailor and this is one of his books. (I have another of Canoes of Oceania on my wall at home). We, however, are flying on this trip, which, while not as exciting as sailing, is not for the faint-hearted either. More about three three-hour flight to the Marquesas in a turboprop in an upcoming post!