We added a gallery page for you get a quick view of all the images we posted on PeanieSutra. www.peaniesutra.com/picture-gallery
… lots underway, lots to do, but we have not disappeared and we continue to work at turning our dreams into a reality.
hang in there 🙂
Hi Ya All,
At the end of March 2016 we set sail, figuratively speaking of course, we actual took flight, for the South Pacific in search of finding our chill haven which we call PeanieSutra.
During our tour through The Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, we posted much about our experiences and hinted at some of the business opportunities we where exploring.
We looked at accommodation, lounge bars, and cafe type of opportunities, with one key criteria – they must overlook the blue pacific ocean, white beaches and beautiful green palms of course.
In the Cook Islands we first found a cozy and friendly little boutique hotel. Although we loved it, upon closer analysis we felt that it was a little to pricey for the returns it promised. We then came across a cool cafe but our offer was beaten by a slight time margin. This was devastating for Peanie 🙁
We continued our search and found another cafe / restaurant which was recently modernised. As we looked into this opportunity another opportunity popped up that really got our minds working. We found ourselves in a position of needing to choose one. Although they were completely different businesses, we felt a strong attracted to both. But could only go with one. And as fate has it, circumstances got us to decide on the latter.
However, fate only came into play while we were looking around in Vanuatu for opportunities.
The main types of business on offer in Vanuatu that we explored where accommodation (i.e back packer lodge and guest house) and restaurants in the centre of Port Villa. The accommodation we found to be to expensive and the restaurant trade really needed experts who knew this type of business … we could not afford the learning period required. We needed something that would work from the outset.
Right, back to fate. It was during our time in Vanuatu that the decision around the Cook Island two opportunities was going down. We concluded our initial due diligence on the second opportunity and decided to make an offer. It was accepted :-))))
Since then we have been working through the final due diligence, legal process of acquiring a business and migrating to the Cook Islands. However, we have not told you what business it is … and we will not until the we have signed the dotted line which should take place in the next few days.
So hold tight … much much more to come.
In the interim we have installed a count down at the bottom of peaniesutra.com’s home page. If all goes to plan, when the timer hits zero, is when we take over the business in Avarua, Rarotonga, the main island of The Cook Islands.
t – 123 days and counting :-)))
“What about the photography, writing and publishing of articles?” I hear you asking. In our posts on this site, you have seen a small sample of the pictures we have taken during our trip . BTW – we have in excess of 5,000 “quality ;-)” images. Once the dust has settled on getting the opportunity agreement signed, we will commence with compiling some articles for the likes of GEO, National Geographic etc. So here too … much much more to come 🙂
😉 Pietro & Eltje 🙂
We back in Germany!
Fiji was really chilled. The islands are so beautiful and the sea life incredible. The Fijian people are so friendly and the Kava, well the Kava, certainly has its way with people 🙂
Click here to watch a video of the amazing see life in the Fijian Ocean. Sooo many fish and mantarays.
Click here for the version viewable in Germany. GEMA laws do not like the music on the original video, so sorry guys and girls in Germany but you gonna have to live with the slightly less cool music version 🙂
Check out some impressions of our trip through Fiji below.
We are very excited about our next post … As you know we went to the South Pacific on a mission … to find the chill haven – a journey towards PeanieSutra. We will reveal all soooon …
… all we can say for now is 134 days to launch !!!!
Ciao for now,
Pietro & Eltje
Hi Fellow Beer Lovers,
Here is the long awaited updated on the world renowned Pietro’s Beer Ranking.
We have a new numba wan …. Happinez. A fruity full bodied beer that goes down rather smooth with a lekker bitter after taste. When you next visit Middel Earth be sure to seek it out, it is well worth it.
- Happinez (microbrewer – New Zealand)
- Vonu (Fiji)
- Tusker OP (Vanuatu)
- Asahi (Japan)
- Tasker (Vanuatu)
- Matutu (brewed on Rarotonga, Cook Islands)
- Fiji Gold (Fiji)
- Stella (Belgium)
- Tiger (Singapore)
- Fiji Bitter (Fiji)
- Grolsch (Netherlands)
- Steinlager (Australia)
- Fosters (Australia)
- Pure Blonde (Australia)
- Tui (Indian)
- Heineken (Belgium)
- DB Draught (New Zealand)
- Lion Red (New Zealand)
- Nambawan (Vanuatu)
Ciao for now
Pietro & Eltje
another trip last week led us to the island of Ambrym.
The inhabitants of all other islands are a bit afraid of the people of Ambrym, because they are considered as magicians with some extraordinary skills. I think this reputation is simply based on the unreal living environment of these people…
The complete island of Ambrym is considered as one large shield volcano, with its two summits Mount Benbow (1159 m) and Mount Marum (1270 m). And a third nameless volcano currently is evolving in the shadow of these two giants.
Benbow and Marum are active volcanoes which continuously create massive sulphure- and ash cloudes. Only 40 days a year both cones are clear.
The difference compared to Mount Yasur on Tanna are height and distance. It is a hike of around 7 hours through a dramatic landscape to reach the rim of the caldera. And it is a lonesome area, in most of the cases you’ll find yourself completely alone on the rim of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Some crazy adventurers abseil down from the caldera edge to the lava lake, because it is an unbelievable experience – and nobody hinders them (imagine you would try to do something similar in Europe or the US: unthinkable – authorities would imprison you 😉
We decided not to hike these volcanoes, but to do an airy ride around and across the volcanoes. With a small plane, and without the second door for an undisguised view to take pictures 😉 We started our flight from Ulei airfield, South East Ambrym. The variety of the landscape is really amazing. From the rainforest area, through valleys of green coated dark volcanic rocks, up to the iron red lava cliffs and finally the dark black caldera area, surrounded by sulphur and ash clouds… A great experience and simply mystical because you think you are rather on moon or mars than on earth.
And here some more cool impressions of Ambrym….
See you soon again!
With pyroclastical regards,
Eltje & Pietro
we are back again with the next chapter of our Vanuatu island & cultural experience…: a journey to Pentecost, another of Vanuatu’s beautiful islands with a lot of tradition.
Pentecost is the ritual birthplace of today’s extreme sport „bungy jumping“… : The people of a tribe build a narrow but tall tower of freshly felled tree trunks. From various levels of this tower, men of that tribe jump down into a bed of soil, only with vines attached to their feet. It is a ceremony to ask for a good harvest and fertility, and in the same way for boys too prove their manhood.
The ritual takes place only from April to June and only on Saturdays. And visitors are welcome. It is really impressive to stay close to this high but fragile tower and to see the passion and also great fun of all generations of the village, while dancing and singing in front of the tower to motivate each jumper. And it’s quite exciting to see the brave men land diving… (while we kept our fingers crossed that all goes well).
But we also recognized a little boy that prepared himself carefully to jump from a lower level and then, after analyzing the situation (wow – damn high!!), simply went back to his mother – a pretty good decision we thought 😉
And see the people of the village and their enthusiasm for the ceremony:
And the tower & land diving heroes:
We hope you enjoyed our video and pics!
See you soon – with amazing pictures of another of Vanuatu’s volcano islands.
Eltje & Pietro
on one of our evenings on Tanna Island our host Kelson showed us the movie „Tanna“ (you won’t believe it, on a really large TV screen ;-). This film was awarded with several international prizes, among others at the film festival in Venice 2015. It tells the true and tragic story of a forbidden Romeo and Juliet-love in the 1980ths on Tanna.
All ancient customs which are presented in the film are still alive today, and only the rule of arranged marriages has been changed because of the suicide of the two lovers. A great movie – which was filmed only in Vanuatu – and with the people of the village Yakel as actors.
Last week we visited the village Yakel. Yakel has 186 inhabitants, a meeting place – the so-called Nakamal – a large garden area with fruits and vegetables, lots of pigs, a house for each family and a guest treehouse 😉 – but no electricity, no running water and clothes are mainly made of tree barks. Various places of the village are tabu for women, also for female tourists like me (Eltje)… All in all, the way of life of past centuries.
Even the movie has not changed Yakel. It is simply too remote. Only from time to time some visitors arrive, who are welcomed very friendly – and who can buy some traditional clothes and pig tusks-necklaces. Pietro liked the namba, the penis sheath, which is in principle the only male garment. And what should I say – he now owns a namba 😉
Probably the current inhabitants of Yakel are the last generation(s) of an ancient tribe. Because parts of modern life now reaches Yakel, such as compulsory education etc. – and Nutella. Mmmh, yes, we couldn’t resist, we had to bring sweets (& crayons) for the cildren because they really love it (and the adults as well…)
Check out the cool images we took at Yakel at the bottom of this message.
With regards from Yakel – „Iman“ (in their language)
Eltje & Pietro
P.S. For those of you who are interested in some more details about the movie Tanna here is the trailer: