Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
50Trip End Nov 11, 2007
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So last night I went to an Island Night with 3 others from the hillside backpackers - its organised by the backpackers but they won't drive up to the hillside at night to collect us so we have to walk down - its a pretty hairy walk at night in the pitch black and it really is pitch black. We went armed with torches but it was still pretty bad - debs had a panic attack on the way down that we were gonna get attacked by a pack of dogs and we spent abut 10 minutes all looking for adequately sized rocks just incase we got savaged.
The Island night was great - it was a show put on by a group of fairly young Cook Islanders and is really about the Maori heritage and their dance and music - they also showed how to tie the sairis that they all where in loads of different ways which was great not that I can remember really but i'm sure i will when i need to tie one into a dress like they do
Had to go into town again today, run out of food so i've been food shopping and bought spicy stuff and lots of garlic in the hope that it'll keep the mosquitos away but I doubt it (you can play dot to dot on my legs and now as there isn't much untouched skin left on my legs they're starting on my arms - I hate mosquitos)
The Town isn't very big so it doesn't take long to look around - there's a pretty port/harbour area - its pretty really because the water is such a lovely colour and thats about it really. I thought I'd get the other bus back to the hostel. There are two buses and one main road so one bus runs clockwise and the other bus runs anticlockwise so I have now been all around Rarotonga and its all pretty much the same. Some of the beach areas are nicer than others and in some parts there is no beach at all but the water is beautiful all the way around
Tourism is the big thing here, other than the oyster farming which happens on a different island, there doesn't seem to be any other industry not even crops. I know the majority of the island is taken up by a huge mountain in the middle and all the people live on the beach front mainly but there is land at the base of the mountains that could be farmed but its not - there isn't even really that much fruit grown locally the only thing i've really seen a lot of is Taro but that isn't gonna feed the family! Everything on this island is imported (hence the stupid prices) from New Zealand including 95% of the tourists!