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October 6th 2008
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Kia Orana from Aranau 'Enua O Ru Ki Te Moana, meaning Ru in search of land over the sea but, to make things easier for those of us who don't speak maori, was changed to Aitutaki (a'i tutaki means to keep the fire going), being Ru the 1st settler of the island who, with his 4 wives, his 4 brothers and their wives, arrive here to decide to keep the island for himself and send his brothers away, and it's not surprising that he wanted the island just for him, because Aitutaki doesn't belong to this world: the moment you see the lagoon from the plane your jaw drops and it doesn't close back until you leave. It's just paradise, everything you imagine from a tropical island and more...pictures don't make justice and, even though I try to explain, the words I'll choose are not enough to describe the beauty of this place...

If Rarotonga is the island of tranquility, Aitutaki is sleeping: days go by while you swim or snorkel in the lagoon, soaking in dozens of different colors: in 20 mts of water, it changes from jade green to indigo blue, going through turquoise... a feast for your eyes; or while you read under a coconut tree (keeping an eye on falling coconuts!!), fishing, walking... nothing that requires abig effort.

We arrived on friday night and, on saturday, to celebrate my birthday, we went on a lagoon cruise: they took us snorkeling OUTSIDE the reef and it was incredible: due to fantastic visibility we saw the lava fingers that are called Fish City where hundreds, if not thousands of fish swim around the coral towers that grow on the lava; we saw turtles, eagle rays and so much and different sea life that will take hours to describe.

Inside the lagoon the snorkeling is not less impressive: giant clams, morey eals and, again, hundreds of fish species...

We went back completely sun burned and, as it was expected we woke up one morning covered in blisters... perfect for the wedding!!

We spent the days in good company: Eckart, who decide to fly from Germany and spend 35 days in paradise; Simon, who started his trip with his girlfriend but she decide to go back without him and Arianna and Christian, on their honeymoon, who we met in LA, Rarotonga and Aitutaki!!

With them we went to an Island Night: buffet of local food and a great show with dancing warriors and hip shaking girls...

Dax wnet fishing with the boys on our last day as singles...and brought back 2 Yellow Fin Tunas which we barbequed that night...

The big day finally came and waiting for the sunset was eternal... but that's material for another blog!!

The last day, which was the 1st of our "official" honeymoon, we went on another lagoon cruise...

All together, these have really been 10 unforgetable days on an island full of geckos, hermit crabs, fantastic people, incredible sunsets, hours spent in the lagoon and even more hours spent reading... it has truly been 10 days in paradise...

The best: the colrs of the water
The worse: the mosquitos, blood thristy vampires...



Me he muerto e ido al cielo?



Kia Orana desde Aranau 'Enua O Ru Ki Te Moana que significa Ru buscando la tierra sobre el mar y que, para hacer las cosas mas faciles a los que no hablamos maori, se cambio a Aitutaki.

Aitutaki no es de este mundo: en el momento en que ves la laguna desde el avion se te abre la boca de admiracion y no se te cierra hasta que te vas. Es simplemente, un paraiso terrenal, todo lo que te esperas de una isla tropical... y mas...las fotos no hacen justicia y, por mucho que me esfuerce en explicarla, las palabras que escoja se quedaran cortas para describir la belleza de este lugar...

Es la isla de la tranquilidad, si Rarotonga nos parecio relajada, Aitutaki esta dormida: los dias pasan sin darte cuenta mientras nadas o buceas en la laguna, empapandote de los diferentes colores: en 20 mts de agua, cambia del verde jade al azul indigo, pasando por el turquesa... un festin para la vista, mientras lees bajo una palmera o pesacndo, caminando...

Llegamos un viernes por la noche y el sabado, para celebrar mi cumpleanhos nos fuimos a hacer un crucero por la laguna: nos llevaro a bucear FUERA de la barrera de coral y fue increible: gracias a la fantastica visibilidad pudimos ver las lenguas de lava, q se llaman Ciudad de los peces: cientos, sino miles de ellos se pasean por las torres de coral que crecen encima de la lava; vimos tortugas y mantas
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waiting lounge / sala de espera
y tanta y tan variada vida marina que me llevaria horas describirla.

Dentro de la laguna, el buceo es igual de espectacular: almejas giagntes, morenas y, otra vez, cientos de peces...

Volvimos del crucero totalmente chamuscados y, a los 2 dias, teniamos la boca llena de yagas... perfecto para la boda...

Pasamos los dias en muy buena companhia: Eckart volo desde Alemania para pasar 35 dias en el paraiso; Simos empezo su viaje con su novia, pero se fue a casa sin ella y Arianna y Christian, en su luna de miel, con los cuales coincidimos en LA, Rarotonga y Aitutaki.

Con ellos nos fuimos a la Noche de la Isla, un buffet the comida local con un espectaculo increible: guerreros bailarines y muchachas que te marean con el movimiento de las caderas.

En nuestro ultimo dia de solteria, Dax se fue a pescar con los chicos y volvieron con 2 atunes que hicimos a la brasa esa misma noche...

Por fin llego el Gran Dia y la espera hasta el atardecer fue eterna... pero eso es material para otro blog...

Con todo, han sido 10 dias inolvidables, en una isla llega de geckos, cangrejos hermitanhos, gente estupenda, puestas de sol increibles, horas buceando en la laguna y mas horas leyendo... han sido, de verdad, 10 dias en el paraiso...

Lo mejor: Las puestas de sol
Lo peor: Los mosquitos vampiro sedientos de sangre




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8th October 2008

Jesus, that does look like Heaven!!!
Hey you married ones, first of all samantha and me are congratulating to your wedding. We wish you both a joyful and fulfilled time together and loads of new experiences during your honeymoon trip. Second, that island looks amazing..i can understand why Ru wanted to keep it for himself eventhough I've just seen pictures. Enjoy yourselfs!!!
9th October 2008

Tios!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guys!, it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wuau, really takes your breath away. xxxxx

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