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Happy New Year 2018

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One Year

One Year

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Hi All,

….time flies and our first year on the Cooks is over.

So – we’d like to give you an update on what has changed compared to our first 100 days, what did not change at all and what are our new experiences….  Below are the updates …. in blue

and PS….

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  • „Island time“: is the most important topic to be understood and to cope with. Everybody on the island has an own interpretation of the factor time. Basically it is about doing things in a relaxed and convenient way. But – it can also become really tricky regarding appointments… People simply do not show up.  We are living on island time now as well, and (nearly) nobody expects us to do it differently. If we feel that we urgently have to close the shop to chill out – we do so.
  • We are the “Papaa”, the white / European people or expats. We are still Papaa – I just got a lot of new frackles and Pietro’s new hairstyele is pretty much local style (beard & ponytail)
  • Maori is a really challenging language…. The words have incredibly many syllables and each vowel is pronounced separatly… We are doing our best to learn it – and we have great neighbours that help us with it. We can talk Maori basics, and the locals are amazed when we do so. So this is motivation for us to learn more. Sometimes we mix up phrases in a very funny way – and the locals are laughing to death, and keep us in their memories forever.
  • And of course: the people on this island are amazing!!!  No changes 🙂
  • „Go local“: local products are the best, e.g. fish and fruits/ vegetables – and of course the local crafts , tikis, drums, tapas, tattoos etc. What we definitely buy from overseas is cheese & chocolate (Nutella etc. 🙂 Our „Go local“ strategy is clearly extended to New Zealand now. Because I feel that in summertime I also need to eat strawberries (that do not grow on Raro). And Pietro urgently needs clay for his new hairstyle. Last month Pietro went „Bavarian“: He got 5 bottles of Augustiner Edelstoff directly imported by Rebecca (by backpack). An incredible surprise for him!
  • …. and you’ll find a great choice of New Zealand and Australian wines on Raro. Paradise for wine lovers: New Zealand white wines are the best of the world. No changes 🙂 Just another finding: Australian red wines are some of the best ones we’ve ever tasted. Have you ever heard about „Saddler’s Creek Bluegrass Cabernet Sauvignon“? Unbelievable…
  • There is no need to look up the weather forecast for Raro. The weather doesn’t follow any rules or predictings anyway. It is only important to know about low tide and hight tide times – for swimming, snorkeling or surfing. Weather forecast – what is that??
  • Pigs, dogs and roosters… are „components“ of every garden. They always disturb you at the wrong time. But they compensate for the compost heap, just throw the remaining breakfast toast over the balcony railing. The chicken population definitely increased – we are thinking about a kind of „weapon of chicken mass destruction“, as their noise still disturbs our sleep (the whole night, not just the early morning hours…) . We have not yet found a solution. Any ideas? BTW: no guns allowed on the island…
  • Internet is a desaster, slow and expensive… And you can be sure that it dissappears completely while you are in the middle of an internet banking activity. No changes 🙁  Even worse: 2 weeks ago the central Bluesky (=Telecom) station  burnt down. Since then the Cook Islands are offline in terms of telephone traffic. Reparation work in progress – of course on Island Time mode… News on that probably in 2018…
  • Our closed shoes are too small. We are not sure if our feet are growing (too much barfoot…) or we just react more sensitively. Actually – we do not wear closed shoes any more. Next phase: no shoes at all 🙂
  • Coconuts are cracked with a machete. Even small local kids can handle that properly – which is scary!! Pietro nearly cut off his small finger while doing this. But we also had a learning out of it: the first aid kits here are much better than in Germany (3M Technology…) We have not yet enhanced our skills – we now buy fresh coconunts from the locals…
  • The colours of the island are extraordinary & amazing. I’ve never seen such an intense green, blue and turquoise – this is definitely  paradise!!! No changes 🙂 But the colours oft he lagoon of Aitutaki are even more intense. I have to cry whenever I see it (no jokes!)
  • Bread is an even bigger desaster than the internet… No no, as a Bavarian I do not really want to talk about that… Mmhh this is still a sad story – but we found sourdough bread and wholemeal pita – both really eatable.  
  • There are still bank cheques on the island – and they are used! No changes…
  • There is no lime scaling at all! No need to descale the coffee machine or the washing machine. This is really cool… Still cool!
  • Many Cook Islanders wear shoe size 16 (would be about size 52 in Europe, if to be found…) No changes…
  • There is not one traffic light on the island – and only two roundabouts (in town…). No changes…  Nowadays there are traffic jams – about five cars are queuing up because of slow scooters and bicycles drivers (and too many potholes)
  • With so much „traffic“ you’ll get lazy… Maximum distance to any goal on the island is about 20km – but this does not mean that you are always in the mood to drive sooo far (e.g far > 5km). Our house is located in Arorangi, Muri village is on the opposite side of Raro – definitely too far away for a dinner visit…
  • We have a visitor score board. After the Kiwis, followed by the Wallabies, it is a close run between Germans and South Africans for the third position. New score: all kinds of Kiwis, German speaking travellers (Swiss and Austrians are really catching up with the Germans), Australians and South Africans. PS: there are two Italians living constantly on the island, and 18 Germans

NEWS & Experiences :-))

  • Pietro is still the only Windsurfer on the Cook Islands. Mmh, ok, there is a Bavarian Guy (Werner from Bad Tölz) who has a Mistral Board from the 1980s – but I do not think that really counts…
  • But: Kitesurfing is getting big on the Cooks, on Raro and on Aitutaki – and it is great fun. Since a few weeks we have our own Kite-Equipment and are on our way to learn.
  • Photograph is boooooming … images are starting to sell on Getty.
  • Our home is pretty cosy meanwhile… Next step: get Pacific Sky TV to watch Rugby 😉
  • Rarotonga is a kind of „Boom Islands“: everwhere new restaurants, tour operators etc. appear. And the very good news with that is that you easily can find really good coffee now.
  • Small events get really big attention. The islanders love to find a reason for a feast, family reunion and any kind of relaxed get together. And they talk about it for a long time.
  • Within 2017 we had 6 lots of visitors here, which all enjoyed the experience with us :-))) Next year we are out for traveling, getting new experiences from the outer Cook Islands and other South Pacific island states.
  • And finally: For us these main mottos have emerged: „Life, Laugh and Love“ and „Beach life is the best life“…..

So – we hope that you enjoyed the update on our “island life findings”. And excuse us now – we are „Gone Surfing“ & „Gone Diving“ ;-))

Life, Laugh and Love & go well,

Eltje & Pietro

100 days :-)

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Hi All,

„…and how is the life on the island“? – is a questions we’ve heard very often in the last weeks. So…, after now about 100 days (!) living on the island, we thought that we share some major insights about island life, experiences, habits and circumstances with you. What did we find out so far…

  • „Island time“: is the most important topic to be understood and to cope with. Everybody on the island has an own interpretation of the factor time. Basically it is about doing things in a relaxed and convenient way. But – it can also become really tricky regarding appointments… People simply do not show up.
  • We are the “Papaa”, the white / European people or expats.
  • Maori is a really challenging language…. The words have incredibly many syllables and each vowel is pronounced separatly… We are doing our best to learn it – and we have great neighbours that help us with it.
  • And of course: the people on this island are amazing!!!
  • „Go local“: local products are the best, e.g. fish and fruits/ vegetables – and of course the local crafts , tikis, drums, tapas, tattoos etc. What we definitely buy from overseas is cheese & chocolate (Nutella etc. :-))
  • …. and you’ll find a great choice of New Zealand and Australian wines on Raro. Paradise for wine lovers: New Zealand white wines are the best of the world.
  • There is no need to look up the weather forecast for Raro. The weather doesn’t follow any rules or predictings anyway. It is only important to know about low tide and hight tide times – for swimming, snorkeling or surfing.
  • Pigs, dogs and roosters… are „components“ of every garden. They always disturb you at the wrong time. But they compensate for the compost heap, just throw the remaining breakfast toast over the balcony railing.
  • Internet is a desaster, slow and expensive… And you can be sure that it dissappears completely while you are in the middle of an internet banking activity.
  • Our closed shoes are too small. We are not sure if our feet are growing (too much barfoot…) or we just react more sensitively.
  • Coconuts are cracked with a machete. Even small local kids can handle that properly – which is scary!! Pietro nearly cut off his small finger while doing this 🙁 But we also had a learning out of it: the first aid kits here are much better than in Germany (3M Technology…)
  • The colours of the island are extraordinary & amazing. I’ve never seen such an intense green, blue and turquoise – this is definitely  paradise!!!
  • Bread is an even bigger desaster than the internet… No no, as a Bavarian I do not really want to talk about that…
  • There are still bank cheques on the island – and they are used!
  • There is no lime scaling at all! No need to descale the coffee machine or the washing machine. This is really cool…
  • Many Cook Islanders wear shoe size 16 (would be about size 52 in Europe, if to be found…)
  • There is not one traffic light on the island – and only two roundabouts (in town…)
  • With so much „traffic“ you’ll get lazy… Maximum distance to any goal on the island is about 20km – but this does not mean that you are always in the mood to drive sooo far (e.g far > 5km) 🙂
  • We have a visitor score board. After the Kiwis, followed by the Wallabies, it is a close run between Germans and South Africans for the third position 🙂

We hope that this first “island life findings summary” answers at least a few of your questions and give you a better insight in daily life on Rarotonga…

Rainy greetings from THE island

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The shop is online :-)

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Kia Orana fellow explorers,

We online.

Check us out on our dive and surf website and our page on Facebook.

We have a holding company in the Cook islands which is called Chill Haven.

chillhaven

And this company currently trades as the Dive and Surf Shop in Cook islands.

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Chill Haven – creating coolness and fun for you, wishing you much thereof 🙂

Pietro & Eltje

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Arriving in Paradise

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G’Day Bro’s and Bro’ettes,

Right, after 30 hours travel from Munich to Rarotonga, we finally arrived. Yep, tiered but happy to be in beautiful paradise. Check it out in the video.

Pietro and Eltje

PeanieSutra Picture Gallery

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We added a gallery page for you get a quick view of all the images we posted on PeanieSutra. www.peaniesutra.com/picture-gallery

Ambrym

Mystical Ambrym

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Hi adventurers,

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.

Click here to join us on our flight across Ambrym – and see a lava lake from a bird’s perspective

And here some more cool impressions of Ambrym….

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Ambrym-44 Ambrym-37 Ambrym-21 Ambrym-22 Ambrym-19 Ambrym-18 Ambrym-11

See you soon again!

With pyroclastical regards,

Eltje & Pietro

Pentecost, Naghol - Land Diving

Pentecost Island, Naghol – Land Diving Ritual

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Hi folks,

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 😉

Click here and share our airfare to Pentecost last Saturday and our Naghol experience

And see the people of the village and their enthusiasm for the ceremony:

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And the tower & land diving heroes:

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Pentecost Naghol - Land Diving

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We hope you enjoyed our video and pics!

See you soon – with amazing pictures of another of Vanuatu’s volcano islands.

Many regards,

Eltje & Pietro

Raro Beach

And so a week passes by

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Hi All,

we are one week on the Cooks now – what else happened?

 

Day 3 (April 3) – Find the hidden places

Sunday. Each and everybody rests on Sunday. Shops are closed (at least most of them), church service is a must and local families meet – you can see them everywhere.

And we went around Raro with our scooter, which is a distance of about 40km. To see what’s new on the island, to find some new awesome places and probably to reassure ourselves that we still love this island 🙂

Stop 1:  Beach – for our first snorkeling on this journey. There are many snorkel and dive spots and you’ll be surprised sometimes who’s swimming with you. Check it out here:

Click here to view our snorkelling video on YouTube.

Stop 2: Supermarket (an open one…) to buy fresh tuna – because unfortunately Pietro didn’t catch a fish at Stop 1 😉 Also a place to meet the locals. They bring their self-cooked food and sell it there, and take the opportunity to taste the food prepared by others.

Stop 3: Looking for two other resorts we are interested in. We just found one of them. A completely different kind of location, beach front area at the western side of the island. Also really cool. Today we couldn’t take a closer look at this place because nobody was available to show us.

Stop 4: back home again – ready to cook the tuna, after a shower, and with a good glas of  New Zealand wine… Cheers!

 

Day 4 & Day 6 (April 4 & 6) – Some kind of business days

We met Carey who owns a Cook Islands real estate agency. As we had a large list of open question on how business is structured on the Cooks it took him & us nearly 2 hours to get our missing anwers – and this was just the beginning. The Learning of this „meeting“: life is different on the Cooks. But this is what we are looking for…
Smile of the day: Later that day Pietro passed his Cook Islands driving license test successfully 🙂
Two days later, we went around Raro with Carey, to visit some places for sale and get some more details about banking, insurances etc. and also where we can buy specific products. And – out of the blue – we also received another offering to buy a location – a trendy cafe/ bar/ restaurant in a cosy shopping area of Avarua, and in front the sea. We need to think seriously about this opportunity…

 

Day 5 (April 5) –  Nothing special, but…

Nothing special happened today. The weather was cloudy, so we took some time for organizational stuff.

Reflecting the last days there is one thing I have to mention, because it was a surprise for me. Thinking back to 2010, when I (Eltje) crossed the South Pacific island area, on the Cooks (but also on the other small island states) there was no great choice of „international“ products to buy. But nowadays, in a Cook Island supermarket (an we have now visited 3 of them) we found some of our absolute favorites…. like Lavazza coffee beans, Greek Kalamata olives, Teriyaki sauce, my favorite shampoo, Pietro favorite cookies, Nutella, a choice of olive oils, pretzels, New Zealand beef for a very reasonable price, broccoli, Philadelphia cheese and similar 🙂

Still missing: bread (we mean something that deserves to be called bread)

Summary: Times are changing, also on remote south sea islands.

 

With this we send you tropical regards and are back again the next days,

Eltje & Pietro

feet on the ground reach fro the stars

Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Reach For the Stars

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Where I (Pietro) grew up in Johannesburg, there was a popular radio, and later also television, presenter – David Gresham – that always used to close his shows by saying “keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars”.

For us this means that while we spread our wings to explore new possibilities, and with it achieve our dream of “chilling happiness”, we do so with both our feet firmly planted on the ground. We approach our adventure realistically. We do our homework and carefully plan to achieve our objectives. All the while remaining open to new and alternative options.

Gary Player (South African golf player) frequently commented that he found that the more he practiced the luckier he became in winning tournaments. We have taken that phrase and modify it a bit by saying “the better one is prepared, the readier one becomes to explore new paths to success.”

Our wish for you is that your 2016 has a firm foundation, upon which you can stand to reach new heights in achieving your personal objectives.

Wir wünschen ihnen ein guten rutsch !!

Pietro & Eltje :-)))

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