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Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga February 20th 2011

19 February 2011 Happy Birthday Mum. That is how the morning started. I hopped out of bed and along the lane to use the phone to call Mum to wish her a happy birthday. That is the first time that we have used an actual phone during our trip since we have been able to use Skype everywhere else (and our mobiles with a local sim in Aus). Here in the Cook Islands, wifi is bought in megabyte packages rather than units of time, never seems to be free, and is pretty expensive when you consider how quickly anything other than zipping through e-mails and checking Facebook (or your favourite blog ;-) ) uses up those megs. As the call came to an end the rain came down so I sheltered for short while before ... read more
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A little hermit crab

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga February 18th 2011

17th February 2011 We awoke to the noise of the bloody cockerel again this morning - we may have been converted to early rising but this was taking the biscuit. So we went to the toilet and went back to bed until a sensible hour. When we awoke again it was approaching 9am which is very late for us but the lack of aircon means that we don't sleep very well, and as such awake feeling like its bedtime. Only our own sheer force of will gets us out of bed at all. I had some leftovers and we then tried to make a plan for the day. We had both decided that we wanted to get out of this hostel as it is the pits, but with super expensive and unreliable wifi, we would ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga February 16th 2011

16 February 2011 Our time in New Zealand had come to and end, we were Paualess and had once again set our alarm to an hour suitable to ensure that we would not have a rush on to get to the aiport. Unusually, we both slept for the night. It is quite usual when we know that we have to be at an airport in the morning that one or both of us can neither get to sleep or stay asleep. I say this with one slight qulalification. I did sleep but, courtesy of Inception I had rather lurid dreams which involved one of Gregg's colleagues storming out of her job among other things. For the sake of his sanity upon returning to work, I seriously hope that there was no premonitionary quality to that ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga February 15th 2011

Week 7 With each week I am amazed at how fast the time goes here. Only 11 more and I will be home. Though, I am starting to worry about what exactly I will do when I get back! The job search has begun, though in all honesty it needs a bit more enthusiasm behind it. Anyone out there in the Hospitality Industry that is looking to hire…. Let me know! Highlights of this week are Wednesday night karaoke and Friday night quiz night. Wednesday was a girls night for the most part and since I was off on Thursday, you had better believe I had a good time! Amanda and I hit up the mic with Courtney, Lucile and Sara with guest appearances by Kevin, Sara’s boyfriend. Amanda and I stayed out all night and ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga February 7th 2011

As we say here on Raro… The Island always wins, and this week it stole my time from me. I completely failed to post last week, somehow it just kept getting put off. So this week I will hopefully catch everyone up! 24/1 Busy day at the shop. When I got home I decided to go to bed early. I hadn’t been sleeping well so I popped a few Tylenol PMs and looked forward to just crashing. Unfortunately, around 930pm Steve called and told me he was picking me up because Sara had been in a bike accident and I needed to either help watch his kids or go with Sara to the hospital. Obviously I jumped out of bed and we headed over to where she was. I ended up riding in the Ambulance with ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 25th 2011

A month has come and gone in the blink of an eye and I can hardly believe it. I don’t think anyone else can either….I am still the “new kid” though I am definitely no longer new. Week 4 treated me well, as its predecessors have done as well. Sundays start off a bit shaky sometimes because I usually call my Mom on Saturday night. (I keep missing my Dad…. He is a tricky man that one.) And though I love our conversations, they tend to make me very homesick. For those of you who aren’t aware, and even for those who are, my Mom is my very best friend. She is my right hand man, my cohort in all my shenanigans (even the ones she isn’t present for), and my first phone call when everything ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 18th 2011

Week 3 Its official: I dont wear shoes anymore. I spent all Saturday sandal-less and couldnt be happier. I went to work, went grocery shopping, took a drive around the island and chatted to my neighbors. All without any sort of barrier between flesh and ground. Have I gone native? Am I destined to be a Raro bum for life? I doubt it. BUt I havent had my "Holy Shit!" thoughts in quite some time, and that can only be a good thing. The anti- shoe thing really started out of practicality and pain. First, it is too difficult and annoying to always be putting shoes on and off. Yes, even flip-flops. You never wear them into the house, dont need them on the boat and they are cumbersome and slippery when wet around the shop. ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Aitutaki January 18th 2011

Blog #31 – The Cook Islands – Aitutaki – Jan. 12th to 15th, 2011 - then home to Canada - This is the second largest, second most visited, and second most populated island in the Cooks with 2500 people. When we reached the airport the ticket agent asked if we were Jim and Carole. “Yes” we replied, “but how did you know?” “Everyone else on the flight is local” she answered. It reminded me very much of flying to Old Crow. The flight took 45 minutes – just long enough to drink a coke and read the daily paper thoroughly. It seems strange that there is an outer world – flooding in Queensland, shootings in Texas… Everything on Aitutaki is on a somewhat less sophisticated scale than Raratonga, and time runs even more slowly. I like ... read more
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Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 17th 2011

Blog #30 – The Cook Islands – Rarotonga – January 5th to January 12th, 2011 - We came here for the tropical heat – and we got it! We left Auckland on Wednesday afternoon January 5th, and landed in Rarotonga Tuesday night January 4th. After running the usual immigration, luggage and customs gammet, we were greeted with beautiful flower leis and driven to our Guest House. Now it is in the mid 30’s and 75% humidity – but although I’m sweating, I’m not complaining. Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands and the ‘capital’, is a circular island that is formed of sharp volcanic peaks in the centre, and a flattish edge with all of the housing and businesses, then a beach, then some lagoon, and the outermost ring of the circle is a coral reef. ... read more
Muri Beach
the reef
big waves beyond the reef

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 9th 2011

Week 2 So life on Raro is still going well. The weather is still amazing and life is still great. I wish I had big, wonderful things to write about but to be honest, I am working pretty darn hard over here and don’t really have too much time for anything else. We have a 6 day work week with Sundays off. The only problem with that is the whole island shuts down on Sunday, forcing us to sort of relax at home and catch up on all the things we put off during the week like laundry and what not. There were of course, a few highlights to the last week here in the South Pacific. My flat mate Sara decided to move out of our house and into a great little apartment with her ... read more




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