Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

My time in the beautiful Cook Islands is up, and with it, my time travelling around the world, with just my wits and my backpack….

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Matutu Brewery Company Manager James Puati

Matutu Brewery

In Japan, I had sipped Kirin and Sapporo. In Hong Kong, it was Tsingtao. In Vietnam, I’d sampled both the Hanoi and Saigon beers. In…

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Born to be Mild!

Looping Rarotonga

Pretty much every day here is a little surreal. The colours, the light, the scenery and the people are so delightful that it’s sometimes hard…

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Me with the stars of Rarotonga - 25 second exposure, f3.6 at ISO3200

How to Photograph Stars

Some time ago, whilst in Britain’s Lake District,  I saw the most incredible stars in the sky, with clouds of stars clearly visible. At the time,…

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The Winner! And no – he wasn’t mine…

Curiosities – Cook Islands: Hermit Crabs

There were a lot of hermit crabs in the Cook Islands, especially on Aitutaki. I thought they were very cute and photogenic, as well as…

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Castaway on Aitutaki

Cook Islands: Aitutaki

When I was planning this trip back in March, I had a look on Google Maps and found Aitutaki, an island about 45 minutes by…

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Me and Karsten off Rarotonga

Diving Rarotonga

I’ve dived a fair few places in the world, and on this trip, I’ve dived Koh Tao, in Thailand, and the Great Barrier Reef. I…

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Jose and me getting down to some seriously good grub

Island Time at The Mooring Fish Cafe

There’s a lot of talk on Rarotonga about “Island Time”. At first glance, the idea is about an easygoing attitude to punctuality. I suspect it’s a…

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Last call for Mr. Chicken

Curiosities – Cook Islands: Chickens

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the beach! Rarotonga is the spiritual home of Free Range Chicken. Chickens roam…

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The furthest I've been away from home in my entire life (10,000 miles in old currency)

Cook Islands: Arriving in Rarotonga

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about coming to the Cook Islands. I had heard that it was full of…

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