So, since I know live in the middle of the pacific on a little island called Rarotonga, which has a circumference of 32 kilometers, surrounded by so much water, I thought it makes perfect sense to take my photography underwater.
The first one includes images of some of the scenes we see daily and inspires to make the most of life. Peanie finds this slideshow quite moving 🙂
The second slide show is of pictures of Baffin Island taken from the plane that flew us to LA. Yep, the plane windows were a challenge … not so clean and full of scratches … but nonetheless the results are not to shabby 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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…)