Cheryl asked me to point out that we are in the Cook Islands. In Rarotonga, the largest island in the group. In the capital Avarua. In a cybercafe a few feet from the ocean.

This is a volcanic island with 3000 foot peaks visible from all parts of the island. A coral reef circles the island making all the beaches safe for swimming. No surfing as the waves break on the coral about 100 feet offshore.

This place is very laid back with about equal parts tourists and locals. Most of the tourists are New Zealanders.

As Cheryl said our hotel is “janky” (read: Crappy), a bit run down, but at $18 a night not too expensive.

The water is warm as a bath and the beach is breathtaking and everywhere.

Got to go now as the meter is ticking.