January 29, 2011; Day 26 at sea
Today is an at sea day again. I prepare for class and work. My class is at 2 pm every sea day. I joined the HAL Chorale today and we meet at 4 pm on sea days.
January 30; Day 27 at sea
We arrived in Rarotonga , Cook Islands and are waiting for tenders to take us to shore. Seas are rough, but able bodied people will be allowed to go in. Our tender liked bouncing away from the boat while loading passengers. We made it to shore safely and since it’s Sunday most stores are closed. Most people go to one of the many churches on the island. We took a tour bus $10 each and got a wonderful tour around the island. They grow everything imaginable here—esp fruits. Wonderful fruits.
There are around 17,000 on the island—lots of beautiful resorts. It’s very green with lots of sandy beaches. There is no road crossing the island, only two buses running clockwise and counter clockwise. Our driver took us inland to show us the crops and farms. An amazing tour.
We were back on the ship by lunchtime and I spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool and working with photos. Another time change. Set clocks back again. We will soon lose an entire day. In fact, we will have no ground hog day. Whatever shall we do?
We are currently heading in a northwesterly direction on our way to Alofi.