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Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 9th 2011

Blog #31 – The Cook Islands – Rarotonga – Those of you who are regular readers will note that I have jumped ahead in the blogs – numbers #22 - #30 aren’t completely ready to upload because I got really behind during Christmas. However, we are actually now in the Cook Islands, so I thought I would give a truly up to date blog. Pictures to come later. 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. ... read more

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

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga January 5th 2011

Hey all! So, one week has already passed for me here in paradise and I must say.... it sure beats a Michigan winter!! I arrived at 7am Raro time on Monday the 27 of December and was greeted by my boss Steve. He gave me the lowdown on my fellow interns and our awesome instructors on the drive to the house. After I was dropped off I had lots of time to unpack and take a much needed shower! The house is great, it has 3 bedrooms and a nice full living room and kitchen that open up onto our front porch. The view consists of the lush green mountaintops and palm trees... not too shabby! After getting settled into my room, my flatmate Sara from Colorado was nice enough to have me hop on her ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga December 27th 2010

Ok kids..... here we go. Sitting here at LAX waiting for my flight to start boarding.... getting pretty excited! Also, completely pooped already, its 11:35pm MI time, 8:45pm LA time, and 6:45pm Raro time. I was seriously hoping for an empty flight so I could lay out and sleep the whole time but of course, come to find out, my flight is going through to Auckland after dropping us lucky few at Rarotonga. That means a full flight :(. Anyway, to all my friends and family: please keep in touch and get a hold of me for my Skype name so we can chat! Love you all! C... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga December 19th 2010

So, it is the official one week countdown to my departure for Rarotonga. My one measly suitcase is mostly packed.... I am told by my friend Gaz that I have already packed too much. But that's ok. The preceding weeks have been filled with visits and time spent with family and friends, and of course the standard doctor and dentist visits that I am so bad about keeping. Spliting my time between New York and Michigan for the last 3 years has made me somewhat lapse on my personal care. I brush my teeth and floss everyday, have no pain and take no medications, so these "routine" visits tend to fall by the wayside when I actually am home for more important ventures like keeping up my relationships with area bartenders. This being the Christmas season ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga October 29th 2010

Kia Orana everybody, This week the weather has not really lived up to the paradise setting and has been overcast a lot! It has been a relaxing break though and when the weather is nice it is really beautiful here. We went snorkelling the other day and saw an amazing amount of brightly coloured tropical fish swimming right up to us. It was like swimming in an aquarium! We were both a bit nervious at first as there were so many fish and some were prety big, but we soon relaxed and really enjoyed it. We have also walked to the waterfall on the island which took us two hours to get to, but was worth it! It was surrounded by jungle and looked really inviting for a swim in the clear pool beneath it. Food ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga October 21st 2010

Hi everyone, After a long boring time in Los Angeles Airport, where are highlight came from Martin Kemp coming to sit next to us in Starbucks!! Just when we thought we were leaving LA without seeing anyone famous! We arrived safely in Rarotonga after another 9 hour flight! When we first arrived it definitely was not similar to the pictures we had seen as it was pouring with rain! But fingers crossed that has stopped and we have had 2 days in the gorgeous sunshine since. Our hostel is right on the beach, which has white sands, palm trees and crystal clear waters. It is just like a screen saver picture! There are little Islets just off the beach which we have walked out to through the shallow waters, which don't get deeper than waist height! ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga October 1st 2010

During the following two weeks the weather on Rarotonga seemed to get better and better, so as you can imagine my tan was getting better and better whilst Cerri was getting redder and redder! As the sun had its hat on, in true old fashioned British style we decided to tackle some gardening around the EHF clinic over the next couple of days. Turning into Alan Titchmarsh enthusiasts, weeding was first on the agenda followed by digging out a vegetable patch and planting an avocado tree. During one of the morning feeds Cerri’s butter fingers nearly lost a kitten which she spent the next hour or so searching in the nearby bushes for! Our days were taken up by teaching some of our fellow volunteers how to dehusk coconuts, sadly the bunch of coconuts I had ... read more
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Oceania » Cook Islands » Aitutaki September 20th 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Things worth noting from the Giants' loss to the Colts on Sunday: What it means: That the New York Giants aren’t in the Peyton Manning/Indianapolis Colts class yet. They can beat the Carolina Panthers, but they aren’t among the elite. When the schedule came out, though, did you really think the Giants were winning this one? The Giants at 1-1 after a 38-14 loss to the Colts is what we expected. Tomorrow’s talker: The Giants seemed so wary of the pass game that they may have overdone it with with the extra defensive backs. That made it easier for the Colts to run it, and Joseph Addai and Donald Brown looked just great with the ball in their hands, combining for 161 yards and a 4.5 average. Addai looked particularly fresh, decisive and darting. ... read more

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga September 15th 2010

WARNING -THIS IS A VERY LONG BLOG - PREPARE YOURSELF!!! We set off from Christchurch first thing in the morning and flew to Auckland where we had a nice eight hour wait for our next flight to the Island of Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands. Our flight left Auckland at 6pm that evening and after only 3 ½ hours we’d arrived at Rarotonga airport but at 1am the same day we’d left! This was due to the fact that we’d crossed the International Date Line and managed to claw ourselves a day back! Being part of the Southern Group Islands, Rarotonga is the vibrant heart of the Cook Islands nation, the largest Island and the countries Capital even though it’s only 32 km in circumference! Now our reasoning behind a visit to the Cook Islands is ... read more
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