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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Cook Islands

Cook islands
View from our hostel
Our kayak friend

Things could be worse!

Off to Rarotonga, a tiny island (35km circumference ) in the middle of the pacific for a week of chill out. Arrived to a very good start as our room had been up graded to an apartment.  Hostel is right on the beach and surrounded by tiny islets you can swim to. Sea and beach are perfect. Lots of relaxing and enjoying the sunshine (yes we finally went somewhere the bad weather didn't follow).

Our crazy busy beach

 Woke up on my birthday and ben surprised me with my amazing card with birthday messages from lots of friends and family. Really made my day and made it feel like a proper birthday. Went out for breakfast at the 5star hotel up the beach, think they felt a bit sorry for us as we turned up with rucksacks and said we could use all the facilities for the rest of the day. Totally unused to this type of luxury, but we took full advantage and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Birthday Dinner
Enjoying Fancy Pool
Gemma´s Bday Card

Had been out with other back packers earlier in the week for drinking and crazy golf. My team won the 1st prize (may have cheated a little...or a lot!) and got free vouchers to play again . Ben upset he had lost to me was determined to prove his golfing prowess (he may or not not have won). Spent the evening in a tiny restaurant next to the sea waiting for our flight to LA. We were given business class passes for the lounge and spoilt by two amazing flight attendants on the plane. Going to celebrate properly with Ben in New York, can't wait. 
Subtle Celebrations
Watch Out Tiger Woods Gemma´s Coming

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