You may not have the dramatic scenery of your big sister Rarotonga and your charms may not be immediately obvious, but with each passing day I had come to like you more and more. You gave me that Robinson feeling. Walking on your forest tracks for hours without running into anyone, having not one but dozens of beautiful South Pacific beaches all to myself, staying completely alone in my isolated bungalow on a forest clearing far from anyone (I admit that was spooky - come 7pm it's pitch dark and one begins to hear and see things that are beyond rational) ... at times it felt like I’m the only person in this world. Coming here meant slowing down a few gears, entering a different life. I enjoyed the solitude, yet at the same time I felt the locals kept an eye on me, making sure things are all right. You stole my heart slowly but surely Atiu and gave me memories to last a lifetime - watching the whales frolicking in the sunset, swimming in a candlelit pool deep in a cave with stunning stalactites hanging over my head, the fun night in the tumunu (oh boy, your people have a great sense of humour) ... And for that Atiu I'll always hold you dear in my heart. Keep your charms and don't slide down the touristy trap Atiu.
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