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Trip Start Dec 03, 2005
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Trip End Jun 20, 2006


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Thursday, December 15, 2005

V. laid back place. got met at the airport, and into a nice hostel run by a New Zealander. Was made to feel at home as I was introduced to the other guests when they appeared (many were staying in their own chalets, which were more expensive than the dorm, so this was a nice touch as otherwise with that arrangement of accommodation you tend to see people arrive and depart and miss the chance to get talking somehow. Ron from Canada, was a diver with some history of diving the islands. Oivand was a journalist (amonst a long varied history of other professions), from Norway, and was starting his open water dive course, Bruce, also Canadian, had been there a few times before. Fellow Scotsman, John, was the longest standing visitor, and had practically made Cook Is his second home. Caertainly loved by the locals, not only for his wearing of the Tartan, but for the entertainment he provided by his spoon playing. Sorry can't mention everyone here, as a lot of people were coming and going, but Diane, traveling with Judith and her brother Steve, has been keeping contact with Ron as I hear, and growing closer now (do I hear a soft tinkle of wedding bells - or is that just the clang of the tractor towing bar Ron?). Also must make mention of Peter from Durham, who successfully recovered my diving mask (the other stupid thing I allowed to happen on my first tropical destination of French Polynesia).
I enjoyed the company and ambience so much here that I extended my stay beyond Christmas, so as to share the Christmas dinner with all the other guests; all cooked by ourselves and cleverly organised by Scottish John (a birdie tells me he has gained experience from previous years' visits to this guesthouse). Thanks also due to Adrienne for lending us the Guest house minibus to do the shopping and for her support in oh so many other ways.
Diving was pretty good and managed a couple of dives in the neighbouring island ( a short domestic flight away) of Aitutake.
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