Hello 2016! I'm bringing in the New Year with a look back at some of my favourite people, places and things from 2015 and seeing as it's still the holiday season I'll start with beautiful Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. This was my second visit to this small (32kms around) and incredibly vibrant place. Coupled with the slow pace of island life, it is both exciting and relaxing. On this trip the highlights were the textures in the vernacular architecture, incredible fresh seafood, friendly hospitality and the lush tropical gardens, the latter of which I will share in another post soon. The Mooring Fish Cafe, Charlie's, Palace Takeaway and Vili's Takeaway were the best places for the classic Raro fish burger. The island hospitality was personified through a trip to Vili's; when we discovered that the bus had finished the continuous loop round the island for the day, the owners cooked our food and drove us home! There are two main roads in Rarotonga, the difference between the coastal and inland roads was incredible and something I overlooked on my first visit. Always a pleasure and can't wait to go back.