Friday, 19 February 2016 – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Friday, 19 February 2016 – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Once more it was a blustery night. We got up and went down to the Bar for our usual breakfast. We had it this morning with Angela as she was leaving later today. We caught the 10.30 “clockwise” bus once more into Avarua shopping centre and wandered along and into the Internet stationery store and got a couple of cards and then it was into the Bounty Bookshop. Purchased a couple more cards and a magnet.

Before we caught the bus back, we had latte at the cafe, Banana Court. I saw a couple of tops on a nearby rack so purchased them before going to the bus terminal. Just outside to tempt you, was the Fudge shop so I quickly made a purchase of some fudge, a magnet and some candles.   We caught the “clockwise” bus but this time it went the long way round passing through the villages of Pue, Matavera, Ngatanglia, Mur, Titikaveka and Valma’anga and finally to Aroa.

As we were walking back to our unit, Alone from reception gave us the news that our Highland Paradise Cultural Show – the venue being up in the mountains –  had been cancelled due to the high winds courtesy of Cyclone Winston. After I ate my leftovers of my lovely seafood platter we went and made an alternative Cultural Show at Te Vara Nu Village for tomorrow night.

It was then into the lagoon for another beautiful swim and with goggles on we could see so many beautifully coloured tropical fish. We had an early meal down at the Shipwreck Bar. I ordered Shepherds Pie but it was not available so had Chilli ConCarne and a Ginger Beer. We laughed as some of the drinks ordered were served in glass jars even some of the cocktails. When we had finished looking at the waves, we went back to our unit and packed in hopes of our early flight to an outer island. As I am a believer that things go in 3’s, I said to Christine – our progressive dinner, the cultural show and my first choice at dinner had been cancelled/unavailable, we will be going in the morning !!

We heard that Cyclone Winston had changed direction and was now heading westwards towards Fiji. If it hits Fiji, it will be their worst in history.

We are all packed in anticipation of our 7.00am pickup, we went to bed saying lots of prayers.

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