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A Tropical Experience

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Kia Orana fellow Life Lives 🙂

We have a bonus for you … 2 new videos 🙂 To show you the wonders of nature in paradise. And also a bit of what we do after we close the shop in the afternoon. Yep afternoon, we close the doors at 16:00 to go surfing 🙂

This is our home. We are preparing things for our container that should arrive in Rarotonga from Munich on the 26th Dec. Love the tropical rain 🙂

Chill on,

Pietro & Eltje

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The People of Yakel

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Hi Everyone,

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…)

Click here to meet the People of Yakel with us:

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:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Vanuatu … finding the edge

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Plans are streaming ahead as we zero in on the South Pacific. In our previous posts we wrote quite a bit about The Cook Islands. The second destination we are considering is Vanuatu. Click here for more on Vanuatu.

Vanuatu was in the news last year when a Cyclone Pam crossed over on the 6th March and practically crippled Vanuatu. Click to learn more about the devastating power of Cyclones Pam in Vanuatu.

So, you may be asking “Why are you considering Vanuatu when is has been destroyed and who knows when the next cyclone is going to pass by?”

Our answer “Good question. The answer … love of quite simplicity, natural beauty, friendly people, and the opportunity to closely explore a little known territory and culture.”

We can sum it up with one of our favourite sayings “Living on the edge”. The edge of the planet offers sooo much … to discover and perhaps rediscover in oneself, and sooo little … of the modern distractions and trappings.

Be free, discover the edge.

Pietro & Eltje

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The Cook Islands … where blue was invented

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Although not quite complete with the research phase of our final destination in the South Pacific, topping the location list at the moment is The Cook Islands.

I have never seen so many awesome shades of blue in my life before … no doubt blue was invented at The Cook Islands 🙂

We have been so taking by The Cook Islands breath taking beauty that we felt we simply had to share it with you.

On the 1st Jan 2016 a series called “Das Traumschiff” was screened here in Germany and this particular episode was located …. yep you guessed it … in The Cook Islands, and on our most favourite place on the planet … Aitutaki. Das Traumschiff – Cookislands vom 01.01.2016.

The Cook Islands is running a brilliant advertising campaign at the moment … you have to check it out. Click here to view a selection of the Ads… they are so funny :-))

In the end pictures say a thousand words, in this case probably a million. Click here to view some pics we took during our last visit the The Cook Island. See what I mean about blue being invented on the Cook Islands :-))

Or click here to view Cooks pics at Pietro Pazzi Photograph on Facebook.

Click here to view The Cook Islands page on Facebook.

See what we mean … just amazing. Can you imagine what it must be like living in paradise? Stay tuned we will tell you soon enough :-))

Ciao for now.

Pietro & Eltje

 

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