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Rarotonga, one of fifteen in the Cook Island chain and hosting the capital Avarua is a pleasant location.Cook Islands population swells as flights from Australia and New Zealand provide much needed revenue for the islands economy. The people are welcoming and friendly.An Anzac Day commemorative service took place on Saturday the 25.05.15 that started at 05:00 am!!! which we attended. Local dignitaries came and gave speeches with much pomp and circumstance as the sun rose. Following the formalities there was a march past.DSCF0176After an eleven night stay, it was time to hit the road (figuratively speaking) Tahiti beckoned.

Boarding our flight ( an ATP prop holding around 50 passengers) one was filled with an almost child like excitement about entering a land of the truly exotic.Names bubbled up into ones consciousness. Those of “Bligh, Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny on the Bounty”,the artist Paul Gaugan, who spent the final twelve years of his life on the archipelago and all manner of imagery redolent of the South Pacific flooded in. Papeete constitutes the main island in the chain supporting 12000 souls.After a stay of three days, within which time one hopes to make it out to the Isle of Morea for the day, a flight subsequently to Bora Bora beckons where we will stop five days before a return to Papeete for a final three days https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Cook+Islands/Tahiti/@-18.7319916,-153.9755437,6z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x71548aefb97bdedd:0x24ca50e8808b4d8!2m2!1d-159.777671!2d-21.236736!1m5!1m1!1s0x741875d07c6dd74d:0x9bc07a7a09c35711!2m2!1d-149.406843!2d-17.679742/strong>

The weather here in Sydney has been somewhat mixed over the last few days. We are headed into Autumnal weather down in the southern hemisphere. The temperatures are however warm, when one compares here with that of say  somewhere like…….oh! I don’t know…… say Ramsbottom in Lancashire for instance.:)

Bondi..attracts "the beautiful people". They wear sunglasses....EVEN WHEN IT ISN'T RAINING...How cool is that!

Bondi..attracts “the beautiful people”. They wear sunglasses….EVEN WHEN IT’s CLOUDY!…How cool is that!

Come the 21st of April will be flying out to the Cook islands (with a short stopover in Aukland). I believe the Cook islands to be independent, though they are administered by New Zealand in free association. Named after the eponymous Captain James Cook, these islands languish in the southern Pacific sun. A group of 15 islands covering some 92.7 square miles of the southern Pacific ocean, they exist in idyllic indolence. The capital is Avarua hosting 10572 people (2011) on the main island of Rarotonga.

A plan has now been hatched, to “bunny hop” across the Southern Pacific Ocean from Rarotonga to Tahiti and on to Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Subsequently to Easter Island, making landfall in Santiago South America about the end of May.

 

Tropic storm (Typhoon Pam) hit Vanuatu, a group of islands just to the west of Fiji yesterday. News reports say forty people were feared lost and wind speeds were recorded at 155mph. damage to property is extensive with almost ninety percent of homes impacted with structural damage. Bizarrely, the prime minister (Baldwin Lonsdale)of Vanuatu was away on a conference in Japan about disasters and their impacts.Here in Fiji the effects were less damaging, however the rain and windspeed increased dramatically and swiftly over a twelve hour period as the storm passed.certainly felt the power of a phenomenon that one had never experienced before. Quite remarkable and very disconcerting. 15.03.15 The storm now appears to have passed and is headed further south, to the north east of north island New Zealand.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

27.03.15 Flew five and a half hours Jetstar back to Sydney. Left Fiji with mixed feelings. The people are wonderful and the outer islands are bliss. However, one is left with the sense of a tourist economy being “managed”, which isn’t really conducive for the purposes of independent long term travellers.

On a different note, we are flying back on an A320, five days after the German Wings flight piloted by Andreas Lubitz was deliberately flown into oblivion in the Southern Alps…..just a thought for the families of those people and what terrible agonies they must be going through.

Landed Kingsford Smith where number two daughter (Georgina) was kind enough to come out to meet us on arrival and drive us back to Bondi Beach. Had a good old natter and catch up, before “hitting the hay” for a relatively early night after a tiring day of travel.

31.03.15  Now begins a period of planning. The plan is to “Bunny Hop” across the Pacific Ocean,visiting islands along the way. A little daunting as there does not appear to be any integrated flight protocols for travellers wishing to make their own arrangements.One hopes to visit the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Easter Island, finally getting to South America and making landfall in Santiago, Chile in May.

I do not think that it gets any better than this.

I do not think that it gets any better than this.

Monday 06.04.15 Sees the hustings gaining momentum for the UK general election. Interesting times. Endeavouring to make arrangement to vote remotely or through a third party proxy is proving somewhat time consuming but hopefully will get there in the end.

Friday 10.04.15 Having largely accomplished the task of figuring out flight connections and accommodation, all that remains of our stay in Australia is 10 days. Following which is a flight  to Aukland and then transfer to a flight to Rarotonga in the Cook islands.

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