Seven days in Rarotonga December 5th - 13, 2006

Trip Start Aug 25, 2006
Trip End Jan 07, 2007

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Wednesday, December 6, 2006

I have always wanted to visit the South Pacific.  Rarotonga, Cook Islands will be my first visit to the South Pacific.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 I arrived in Rarotonga, Cook Islands at 9:05 PM, the day before I left! Having crossed the international date line, I had to push my watch ahead 1 hour from Auckland, New Zealand, but back an entire day! So, I gained 23 hours by crossing the date line from NZ. This is a strange experience that really gets you thinking about the time/space reality. My watch, Blackberry, computer and reality all say that I have already lived New Zealand. Now it's Tuesday night again and I am in Rarotonga and get to live Wednesday again in the Cook Islands. How does that work? Will my birthday forever be screwed up now? Am I a day older than the calendar says? Very strange thing this International Date Line. Anyway, back to the reality of here and now, regardless of what day it is, I have arrived in the Cook Islands with no accommodations scheduled. This is a first in this thus far three and a half month journey. I think there were only 3 or 4 couchsurfers registered in the Cook Islands. A couple had already responded saying they could not host and I had not heard from the other two. So, clearing customs, I had to tell a little white lie about where I was staying, mentioning 1 of the several hotels that had been recommended, since the Cook Islands, like many of the countries I have visited on this trip, want to make sure you have a place to stay, and a departure flight before they let you in. Several people had also mentioned how all the hostels and several of the budget hotels have desks right at the airport to greet arriving guests and pick up additional business for anyone who does not have booked accommodations, so I was not too worried. I also happened to sit next to the CEO of Pacific Resorts Hotel on the flight from Auckland and he offered up one of the $750 a night rooms for only $450 if I was interested! He also recommended I check out one of the many backpacker hostels since his hotel cost would be a waste giving I was arriving so late at night. He gave me his business card and told me to stop my tomorrow and check out his accommodations or he would help me find another place. I had not yet cleared the airport and it was already apparent the Cook Islands are a very accommodating destination.
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Friday, December 8, 2006 I invited William from Czechoslovakia who checked into the Aquarius last night to join me on the Cross Island track across the mountain and through the rain forest to the other side of the island. Malachi and I went to Trader Jacks and Whatever clubs and stopped for takeaway arriving back at the hotel around 1 am.
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