First impressions

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Hi all, we are back with the impressions of our first days on the island. Enjoy the pictures & movie…

 

Day 1  (April 1) –  Rarotonga Muri – Get ourselves up and running

Our first place to stay is a holiday apartment, in Muri, a village in the south east of Raro.

After dealing successfully with the jetlag of our 36h-trip in the morning (believe it or not: mainly with Italian coffee and French croissant 🙂 in the cafe around the corner), we organized ourselves. Rented a scooter, drove to town to the supermarket, found Internet access voucher and local SIM-card (communication with home is a challenge because no roaming service with European providers is available), and finally made our way back to our apartment.

In the afternoon we went on a stroll down to the beach 🙂 – click here to have a look at our movie on Youtube:

After a good meal (with the biggest mango we ever ate) we went to bed again (jetleg, part 2…).

Mango

 

Day 2 (April 2) – First impressions  

For the first 10 days of our journey we choose to stay in the holiday apartment complex we are interested to buy. After all our theoretical research about this location we were sooo curious to see it in reality. And the first impression was really good. A great place on a hillside of Muri village, in a tropical garden, directly in front of a topical rainforrest. Beautiful colored flowers, coconut palms, papaya, banana and avocado trees beside the house and a cool sea view.

Muri-3 Muri-4

And very important for Peanie: out of reach for Tsunamis!

 

We will be back soon again,

Sunny regards from Raro,

Eltje & Pietro (Peanie & Sweetie)

On the plane

Island landing

With this we open our “Diary” blog. We keep you updated on a daily basis, on what we do and what we experience on our journey….

And the journey starts with the flight from Munich to the Cook Islands:

 

Day -1  (March 30) Airport Munich – Emirates Check-In Counter

….and the following conversation:

Peanie: Mmh – is it possible to check in our luggage from Munich directly to Rarotonga?

Check-in assistent (Marie): Where is Rarotonga?

Peanie: Main island of the Cook Islands, about 3 flight hours east of New Zealand.

Marie: Does it belong to NZ? If not, then it is an international connection flight and we can check it through.

Peanie: It is an independant country.

Marie: Really, I have no clue where and what it is. I haven’t heard about it so far. I’ll ask my colleage, he travels a lot and knows so many countries. PHILIPP…

Peanie: Mmmhh – if it is too complicated we can pick up the luggage in Auckland and check it in again.

Marie: No no, I think it works, we just need to find out how.

Philipp arrives.

Marie: Philipp, do you know the Cook Islands?

Philipp: Yes…

Philipp takes over, supported by Marie, but also needs support from another colleague – Jan.

Philipp: JAN, I need luggage transfer fom NZ to Rarotonga. Rarotonga – you do not know where it is? Pretty close to Bora Bora… You know, where I spent my honeymoon.

Philipp to Peanie: How long do you travel?

Peanie: 10 weeks, but also to Vanuatu and Fiji.

Philipp: Vanu… what? Does this belong to the Cook Islands?

Peanie: No, this is another Island state east of Australia…

….meanwhile 3 Emirates employees worked on our check in – and about 30 minutes later they managed it succesfully with transaction „TNZ“ (transit in NZ), which was never used before by them…

During this complete process we chatted about the journey in a very chilled atmosphere (luckily no qeue at the counter…) and finally Marie said: by the way, I can offer you an upgrade…  🙂

 

Day 0  (March 31) – Virgin Airlines flight from Auckland to Rarotonga

We were sitting in the aeroplane, with nearly one hour delay.

Announcement from the captain: Dear guests, here is the captain speaking. I apologize for the delay, but we are still waiting for some luggage from Europe.

Pietro to Peanie: Could be our luggage, on its complicated journey…

Remark: finally (and luckily!) at Rarotonga Airport our complete luggage arrived 🙂

 

Sunny island greetings,

Eltje & Pietro

 

Easier To Follow Our Journey Towards PeanieSutra

Hi All,

t minus 2 weeks to lift off 🙂

So, since some of you have asked, we thought is would be a great idea to keep it simple for YOU to follow our upcoming adventure to the South Pacific.

Surprise !@! :-))) …. we created an entire new page which is visible in our main menu at the top of each page on our site —- see image below. Cool hey 🙂

On this page we will keep adding links to new posts as we journey through the Pacific in search of PeanieSutra 😉

New Head Link

 

Looking Through Our Blogs

A reminder that at the bottom of our home page you will find different ways to find or search through our blog posts — see short tutorial below.

Blog Links

This is it …

Kitesurf-Aitutaki

… the paradise we will be returning to in a few weeks.

We will be spending 7 nights alone on one of the awesome Aitutaki lagoon motus, called Akaiami.

This YouTube video amazingly really captures the beauty of paradise in the Aitutaki lagoon … YOU MUST WATCH IT !!!!

Gonna have to give Kitesurfing a go too :-))))

Just a Witness

Photography Affair

… the earth is art, the photographer just a witness!

We have seen some awesome places on this planet, and will witness so many more. Pietro has developed his photographic abilities over the years and continues to hone them. Eltje has a way with words, an amazing ability to tell a story.

It makes sense then to combine these talents and skills, to bring to the world our sense of some of the amazing places we will explore. And through our words and pictures attempt to share what we feel and experience.

So, to ensure we maximise the coming visit to The Cooks, Vanuatu and Fiji, one of the things we already done was to upgrade the photographic gear. Just to give you an idea, we’re taking on board two photographic bags.

We have lined up some exiting adventures.

Apart from visiting exquisite corners of paradise, we have organised a couple of excursions to active volcanos in Tanna and have chartered a plan to gather aerial shots of the volcanos on Ambrym.

We have chartered a brave captain and his boat to take us to a remote island to capture never before taken pictures of sunrise and sunset there. Why is he brave? Because he has to charter the little known waters of a lagoon in the dark.

The adventure is on!

Below are some links where you can get an idea of the types of images Pietro captures. Although landscape and travel photography has not really been his focus in the past, he is fast getting to grips with it.

Photography Words

… and we add some words, oh then so much more is conveyed !

Keep watching … soon you will be able to view our pics, watch our videos and read our articles.

Be cool 🙂

Pietro & Eltje

Coming Soon to a Blog near you: “10 Weeks in Paradise”

paradise

Yep, plans are set … departing 30 March, returning 18 June … 10 whole weeks in paradise. Ten carefully balanced weeks … between work and Chill 🙂

Paradise 1: Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Akaiami – islands of The Cook Islands

cook-islands

The first four weeks will be spent in The Cook Islands where we will be evaluate two small resorts up for sale. We will be spending a few nights at each to fully understanding what is on offer and their future potential.

In addition – and this goes for the other locations we will be visiting too – we have a whole list of people we want to interview to gain insights about living and owning a business there. The people we plan to interview include medical doctors, accountants, tax advisors, bank managers, lawyers, estate agents (for living and business property), local business owners and people on vacation.

Then we have a week away from it all on a beautiful remote island, in the middle of the Aitutaki lagoon, called Akaiami. There a windsurfer has already been arranged for Pietro :-)))

 

Paradise 2: Port Villa, Tanna and Pentecost – Vanuatu

Vanuatu

The second four weeks will be in Vanuatu with the same agenda as for The Cook Islands.

In addition we will be doing a chartered flight over the volcanic island of Ambrym and its active vulcanos to obtain aerial photographs. Did we mention that we are exploring the option of combining photograph and writing articles for travel publications. (We’ll reveal more on this in the next post)

 

Paradise 3: Fiji

Fiji

Fiji is the third Option on our list of potential island states to live in. We will be spending 2 weeks in Fiji, and while this leg of the visit is still under construction, our main objective here is to assess the business climate and ensure we are not potentially missing an opportunity by focusing our efforts on The Cooks and Vanuatu.

Exciting times :-))

When we travel, we will keep you posted with picture from paradise and our search for Peaniesutra … the Chill haven.

Ciao for now 😉

Pietro & Eltje