Hi all, well the Cook Islands are just as they show in the brochures - beautiful with lovely blue water and white beaches. The people are very laid back (and I thought Australians were laid back - they are nowhere near these people!). We had to learn to relax as everything was based on "Island Time" which meant it may or may not happen.
I had no trouble with the band - not that the food was that great. I thought there would be heaps of fresh seafood - no didn't see any! So unfortunately/fortunately they had great cocktails so I made my way down the list! And although they were just divine I did manage to put on about 1.5kg!!! OOOPS. It was so worth it - who cares.....I'm relaxed!
We had a few days of rain so had to resort to going to the spa and having massages, facial etc....that was really hard to deal with - NOT! The rain also gave us the opportunity to hire a car and drive around the island which we probably wouldn't have done had it been sunny. The petrol was $2.75/litre and we complain about $1.60!!!
The housemaid I spoke to was on $6/hour - I was gobsmacked! I wouldn't get out of bed for that! She said that's twice as much as she was getting in Fiji!
We did manage to go snorkelling and swimming a lot too. (tropical fish at your feet - it was amazing!).
I've got another 2 weeks off yet and am looking forward to getting all those jobs done that I don't have a chance to do usually like cleaning out those cupboards!
I have Caitlin home for school hols too so will be doing a few things with her as well.
That's all for now....more on the holiday later.