As a sailor, and more generally, a traveler, I don’t want simply to tick off destinations. Instead, I hope there will always be times when I’m completely immersed in foreign situations because the experiences I remember best are not ones I set out to have but ones I get sucked into. Getting to know one place deeply proved to be such a revealing and rewarding experience. I’m not going to claim to have become a meaningful part of Makemo after only six weeks, but Makemo is certainly meaningful to me. By lingering there, I was able to gain the kind of perspective I yearn to have when traveling: Even while I stood apart, as someone from afar, I was still a part of it all. And although we might have overstayed, in a sense, we were always welcome.