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TimmyTPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
11:52 AM ET (US)
I wasn't dissing anyone, I'm just not sure how I could earn enough to pay a $700 rent in Raratonga. I'd love to try, though.
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ZwackPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
11:24 AM ET (US)
In /m13 olav said "Stove top espresso is not a good cup of coffee, sorry."

I would disagree... If you like espresso, then Stove top Espresso can be a good cup of coffee.

As Horace once said "De gustibus non est disputandum."

I suppose a more accurate version of your statement would be "I don't like Stove top espresso". Now if you told us what you consider to be "a good cup of coffee"...

The one thing that I haven't seen anywhere in either the island chronicles or this article is how to make coconut cream, which sounds like it might be worth trying.

Z.
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olavPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
10:12 AM ET (US)
Mark,

I wasn't counting the islands that are have sub 1000 popoulations and are to far away from the main pod of islands, but technically there are 15 islands. N.Z. is planning to phase out bugetary aid but they still receive it. As for the schools there's always home schooling and the experience living on Rarotonga should in itself be a great experience to be cherished for a lifetime.

Have you met any ex-patriots from California yet. There is one, his name is Trevor More. He's the person that has a printing company called "Printing Services C.I." and provides internet connectivity to tourists.

Have you been to the Blue Note Cafe, that's a charming place.

Stove top espresso is not a good cup of coffee, sorry.
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Dav ColemanPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
09:30 AM ET (US)
/m3 "i bet their kids are going to love them when they grow up...."

Yes, I'm sure they will. Their children are probably going to turn out much, much better because of their parent's courage to expose them to other cultures. It's too bad more american children aren't given the opportunity, if even for only a year or two.

I lived in Okinawa for a year when I was ten years old and it's an experience I treasure deeply.

And incidentally, the Fraunenfelder's island home sounds much nicer (better constructed and appointed) than the North Carolina home where I spent most of my childhood years.
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erniePerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
02:32 AM ET (US)
Yeah, what's with the cry babies on here? Mark, the kids will be the envy of their friends when you have to return to Plastifornia.
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
01:46 AM ET (US)
Mark, everything could go fine, you could use your experiences to write a bestselling book, get offered a fortune to come up a treatment for a TV series, and you'd STILL get flack from the vampire-pale cubicle sages.
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craniacPerson was signed in when posted
08-01-2003
01:44 AM ET (US)
It sounds better than a lot of small towns I could name.

Note on architecture: sometimes the gap near the roof is intentional to allow breezes. Or it could just be falling apart. The less american the house, the better. American style homes attract lots of rats and bugs. Island houses let them pass through and move on.
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Mark FrauenfelderPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
10:33 PM ET (US)
Hank, this island is better for Sarina than going to the mall. She's learned a lot being here, as have we. This is proving to be one of the most memorable chapters of our lives.
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Mark FrauenfelderPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
10:25 PM ET (US)
There are 15 islands in the Cooks, olav. I make my own espresso with a stovetop espresso maker. New Zealand doesn't give the Cooks any budgetary aid. The schools are pretty bad. Carla volunteers at Sarina's school and says the quality of education is not good.
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olavPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
09:50 PM ET (US)
I went to Rarotonga for a three week vacation. There I met a California ex patriot and his native wife. He started a printing business and provided internet access to tourists and whoever needed it. He has two kids and has lived there for over 15 years.

Very nice people, very friendly. All the people are very friendly. They have great schools and great community. Economically, New Zealand is looking over them as the currency is New Zealand dollars. There are five islands that make up the Cook islands.

If they don't mind living on an island where everyone knows everyone and they can figure out what to do to make some money more power to them.

I found it too small and isolated and I couldn't get a descent cup of coffee. I would visit again though but not live there unless I was writing my novel.
Edited 07-31-2003 09:51 PM
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Hank, the Angry Drunken DwarfPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
09:38 PM ET (US)
No kidding. Clue time for Mark and Carla: The time for adventures like this is BEFORE you have kids.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
08:57 PM ET (US)
Builds character.
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SuppaflyPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
08:43 PM ET (US)
i bet their kids are going to love them when they grow up and find out that living in hellholes was their parents decision and not for any real reason.
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TimmyTPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
07:57 PM ET (US)
$720/month? Doesn't sound like the super-cheap place to live I thought it was.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
07-31-2003
06:29 PM ET (US)
Writing for the audience? This article seems to play up the
displaced person angle, while the Island Chronicles website
is much more laid back about the differences.

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