Here’s what we packed for 3 weeks on the island, it was our biggest shop of the holiday! We took all the essentials such as cocktail umbrellas and straws ;) We had to post most of our hiking gear to friends we’ll be visiting in Oz to fit it all in our packs. It would of been nice to change our diet after 6 months of noodles and porridge, but our Air Raro flight had a weight restriction of 16kg each, so we had to stick to the lightweight hiker food for a little while longer. We did manage to add a load of fresh food to this when we got to Aitutaki.
Our hosts gave us a MASSIVE bunch/branch of bananas that kept us going for toppings on our porridge in the mornings. Also a regular supply of Paw Paw and lime for elevensies :)
Noodles are our mainstay, we never get tired of them, our favourite brand is Koka Noodles, they make the best Hot & Sour soup base. We add all sorts stuff to our noodles – Dried chilli, balsamic vinegar, dried mushrooms and anything fresh we can get our hands on.
We had coconut rice mixed with some Thai curry pastes for dinner, plus whatever fresh veg we had. Our hosts would also send us some special treats to spice it up, fish, eggs, cake and all sorts.
Coconut Rum Cocktails
We mix up our lemon & lime drink powders strong and tart, add some fresh lime and our rum of choice Mount Gay, then just stick it into a freshly cracked open coconut, awesome drink!
The tropical fantasy is coming together nicely. Waking up in the morning and finding perfect blue water and waving palms was excitin’ enough. Wondering around was even more confirmation that we were indeed in some tropical place. I think my brain was struggling to comprehend we were actually really there finally! It felt bizarre enough to get up in the morning with nothing to do. No morning rush of the rucksack pack and steam off along the trail, racing the weather, and racing the schedule. Not having the sense that you were in a hurry to get somewhere fast. And having no particular mission at all to speak of is an odd feeling! So for now, the mission is purely to get into the holiday spirit :) … So how does that go again ?