I have found my heaven on Earth! The Cook Islands, or more specifically, Aitutaki. I stayed in the teeny, tiny village of Ureia, which is just outside of Arutanga, the biggest village on the island, which in itself is so small and quiet, that I nearly missed it. On my walk to town, the people I met were smiling and waving hello as they passed by on their scooter. I felt like a local, like I was their next-door neighbor. The only evening I spent on Aitutaki, there was a food market on a meadow in Ureia – the guy working at the local food store told me. There were music, families, kids playing, food stalls with homemade dishes, and a couple of tourists. I got me some deep fried tuna, and I overheard that one of the ladies’ ceviche was known all over the island – unfortunately at that point I wasn’t digging ceviche 🙁 All I can say is my two days here were far from enough, and I sooo wanna, and will, go back!
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