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Take me back to Aitutaki!

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 With all the stress at the moment, my mind keeps drifting back to Aitutaki. Whilst packing, or on hold to a real estate agent, I’ll think of how peaceful and relaxing it was to just float in waters so blue, to see fish swim around you, to laze under the shade of trees. I need to win the lottery so once I move to Melbourne, I can go on a holiday! *wishful thinking*

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I’m NOT a beach person. I remember thinking at one point before I left “Why am I going to an island in the middle of nowhere? “. I do love to swim, I love animals, I love trees and nature, and Aitutaki has an abundance of that. I did actually enjoy the beaches here though. Our resort was right on the lagoon. It wasn’t crashing waves, it was calm. It wasn’t crazy sandy, it was a lot fine coral, reef shoes were a must. I loved it though.

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 Well, apart from the sand flies. Those I loathed with a fiery passion. They loved me and mixed with a coral cut, I ended up in the hospital late one night. I was fascinated with the hermit crabs. I’d never seen them in the wild before, but there were millions of them. All different sizes, shells, colours. Excuse my nails, the salt water did nothing for them, or my hair.

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It was paradise. Okay, okay, maybe not. If dogs were allowed on the island and they had a better internet connection, it’d be paradise. I can understand now why my Sister fell in love with the place. I don’t think I mentioned, but when we landed, I had a slight panic attack. I remember thinking “Oh god Natalie, what have you done “. It took me a couple of days to unwind and be okay with being unplugged from the world. I figured if something happened to the rest of the world, we’d find out eventually.

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So now I’m dreaming of when, and if I can get back.

Where is the most exotic location you’ve been to?

Aitutaki – Stop! It’s photo time!

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I have over 1000 photos in my Aitutaki folder, that’s not even ALL of them. Between my sister, her fiance and myself, we took a lot. I thought I’d go through and pick a few more to share with you. I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since I was there. I also can’t believe how much I actually miss it.

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With a super sized carving of Tangaroa |  Full moon at where we stayed. | Always a tree hugger.

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Caleb & I playing in the lagoon.

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Caleb and I relaxing on Rapota | Yummy drinks | On the first day

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This fashion was somewhat crazy. The night before I was attacked by sandflies, and while i’d normally had left the leggings off, I had to wear then to stop myself from scratching. But seriously, don’t look  at me, look at THAT VIEW!

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Fresh coconut milk | Beauty | Blue skies, blue sand, white sand. Happy.

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HUGE tree, so gorgeous. It was just amazing and I can’t find the words to describe how big and beautiful it was.

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Fire dancers. I loved the 3 island nights I went to. So much fun!

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My sister celebrated her birthday. The cake was delicious. | My sisters fiance, and Ned preparing the cake.

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My sister blowing out her candles as her son and nephew looks on.

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Floating in the lagoon whilst wearing my Jellys.

If you haven’t, be sure to go back and view my past posts from Aitutaki HERE.

Aitutaki – Hermit Crabs and Hospitals!

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One thing Aitutaki had was an abundance of wildlife, one of my favourites were the hermit crabs. I’ve been a lover of hermit crabs for ages, and I used to have a huge tank with a dozen of them, all named after Harry Potter characters.

I was so excited to see them in the wild, in their natural environment, and by golly there were seriously thousands! All shapes and sizes!

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When my nephew pointed out this little guy to me, I made all those cooing noises you make at a cute baby. LOOK AT HIM! He is SO tiny! Look at his little eyes! (Please excuse my horrid, horrid nail polish)

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See, all sizes! Whilst out swimming in the lagoon, I noticed this huge dude scurring across the sand and promptly ran over to check him out!

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HUGE! Did you know that hermit crabs don’t breed in captivity? They are a pet you don’t have to worry about 2 turning into 20!

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This is Aitutaki hospital! It’s tiny & quaint  I was taken to the emergency room one night around 10pm. I guess it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t hurt myself some how.

Sandflies are EVIL, i’d been attacked the first night there and then promptly became rather obsessive about applying sprays, but they are persisitant little devils. On this night, around 10 nights in, I was super attacked. I’d tried everything, even having a local remedy made up for me to apply, but after trying to sleep, I ended up in tears.

I was itchy, I was bleeding from scratching, I was feverish. My nephew got my sister, she talked to the bar tended (& so very wonderful) Ned and decided to take me to the hospital.

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It was kind of crazy, finding the hospital, which is sort of in the middle of the island, late at night, on unsealed and un-lit roads. But we made it. There were 2 nurses, and after taking my BP etc, they called the doctor in from home. We had to wait around 10 minutes for him to arrive. Ahhh, how things are different. I miss the laid back Island lifestyle so much already.

Turns out, I was having a slight allergic reaction to the sandflies (they aren’t bites, it’s actually caused by them peeing on you, icky!), and the coral cut I got a few days before from paddleboarding was a bit infected.  I was loaded up with antihistamine and antibiotics and sent on my way.

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If you ever go to Aitutaki, make sure you stop at MacNeds (above). Not only are their burgers amazing (I want one now), but the owners are by far the most amazing people. Ned tends bar at where we stayed, and on the night I went to hospital, he knocked off work and came straight up and stayed with us the whole time.

Have you ever owned a hermit crab?