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:
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