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Jan 1, 2006 - My Islands

On New Year's Eve we left Fiji in the midst of party preparations to fly to Raratonga in the Cook Islands! We crossed the date line, and arrived on Dec. 30th, in time to get ready for a big party on the next day. The immigration lady didn't comment on the fact that my last name is Cook, and I am in the Cook Islands, but I am sure that was just an oversight. We checked into our hotel and found out that we had been upgraded from the cheap room that we had paid for to a full apartment unit, with a sitting area and kitchen. It is back off of...

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Sep 1, 2005 - Cook Islands

Every trip needs to be properly Christenned and our boat is the S.S. Soaked tickets (One years worth of tickets got soaked in the L.A airport- sorry Colleen @Merit travel.)We then decided that the Departure lounge needed redecorating with our soggy mass of paper. Everything dried out and we were on our way. We arrived and stayed close to the airport and town on Raratonga, Cook Islands before moving on to a sandy beach at Vara's (Muri Beach). Met some interesting people (Keith and Stewart) and went to an Island night together. Local music...

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Aug 26, 2005 - Spring Break!

Well, I guess I should fill you all in about what's been going on in the last few weeks... I did start my internship at RMS. It's cool! I've been reading mostly, for my research project, but there have been some days that I have actually 'worked'. The first day I was there, I spent 3 hours at a seminar for cross-cultural workers. I got to meet the Auckland cross-cultural workers and we had some fun with drawing stick figures. (We had to get into groups and draw out what 'culture' meant.) I've met a lot of people who are resettled refugees,...

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Lynsey Goes Kiwi

Aug 20, 2005 - Time

A small additional update just to make an observation. Today is Saturday (20th August). So was yesterday. I am very confused. Does that mean yesterday was in fact today? And yesterday (today), was tomorrow actually today aswell? I had got myself into such a muddle with this last night that I almost had myself convinced that if I called my sisters from Fiji yesterday (today) and then again today (tomorrow?) from the Cooks that they would get the second phone call before the first. Except phone calls from here seem to be as much of a...

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Aug 7, 2005 - We reached Rarotonga

We got in the day before yesterday 20 hours before we left. First impressions our good. The island is small at 42km circumference. Our villa/bure/fale is clean and we have separate bedrooms. The beach in front of us is protected and has large reef fish particularly trumpetfish and triggerfish. The boys are excited as they got to see a small shark. On a rather sad techie note I have just worked out why our map had us circumnavigating the globe twice, rather than sticking in the south pacific. It relates to the fact that Tonga sits on the...

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Jul 15, 2005 - Raratonga - The Cook Islands

CJ - Having stopped off for a couple of days in Melbourne to say a final goodbye to Becky, Patrick, and Luke, and all the other pommies, off I set, bound for a bit of sun in the Cook Islands! I arrived at Raratonga, the main Cook Island in the middle of the night, so had no idea what the island looked like, but what I plesant surprise when I woke up to see the view I had from my beach house!!! The hostel was situated right on the edge of Muri Beach overlooking a lagoon which is formed by an outer reef that surrounds the island. Perfect for...

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May 21, 2005 - Rarotonga

Just arrived last night here in the Cook Islands. Actually went back in time and arrived on Friday night, when I had left on Saturday night... ahhhh mindblowing! Beautiful beach on which our hostel is perched and lovely weather. The beds are clean and nice (if the mattresses are a little thin, ah well, better than Ko Samet eh!) - altho there was a scary bug in the shower this morning, maaah I have extreme tan lines, it is just stupid, like I have a WHITE bikini outline. Ed will def be laughing when she comes out to USA in a week or so!...

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May 7, 2005 - Rarotonga - Cook Islands

Have spent the last week on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands staying in a bungalow on Muri Beach. We left New Zealand at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and arrived at 9:30pm the Saturday before we left !! Very weird & a bit of a bummer having to pay for two nights accomodation on the same day.It would be good to travel on your birthday though, you would arrive here , wake up and it would be your birthday again. Not much to say about this place really - the beach is gorgeous and totally deserted but there is very little to do here. There are no...

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May 2, 2005 - Cook Islands

Next stop: Cook Islands for 5 days. It was our first English speaking country we visited and couldn't wait to communicate and understand everyone. We weren't use to hearing English. We could ask how much something was and didn't have to get the cashier to repeat it slowly 3 times. We were startled when the bus driver spoke perfect English back to us. Before we left Canada we saw pictures of Cook Islands and it looked beautiful. However, weather often greatly affects a travel experience. Two weeks before we arrived the last of several...

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Apr 24, 2005 - Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Was auf den ersten Blick schlichtweg enttaeuschend erschien, sollte im Endeffekt die lustigsten, bizarrsten und abenteuerlichsten 14 Tage werden. Es regnete als ich in Rarotonga ankam. Meine Unterkunft erschien mir schmuddelig und der beruehmte Muri Beach als haesslich. Das Landesinnere mit seinen tiefgruenen Taelern und felsigen Gipfeln sah genau gleich aus wie in Moorea und Tahiti. Die Wetterprognose verhiess nichts gutes und als ich die Preise fuer einen Weiterflug auf die noerdlichen Inseln erfuhr, stellte ich mich auf 14 Tage...

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Far far away...

Apr 16, 2005 - Cook Islands update

Hey folks, I hope everyone has been keeping an eye on the map and has realised we are now far west as opposed to far east...yes, that's right we've crossed the date line and we've had saturday the 16th twice now. Exciting stuff, we are now 11 hours behind you all rather than ahead. Not much to tell you from this part of the world. We've been here since Friday night. We went into town on Saturday morning to stock up on supplies as everything closes at 12pm and doesn't open again till Monday. We've also learned that the bus isn't the most...

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Apr 6, 2005 - Day 33

This is going to be difficult as we will be having 2 6th of Aprils having crossed over the International Date Line since leaving New Zealand. Anyway, for the first 6th April..... We left our final camp site in Waitomo Caves to make the 3 hour drive to Auckland airport. Dropped off the campervan which had been our mobile home for the past 3 weeks and checked in for the flight to Rarotonga. The flight took just under 4 hours and although the Cook Islands are only 2 hours ahead of New Zealand, crossing the International Date Line meant that...

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