Saturday is market day and along with most of the other visitors on Rarotonga we decided to check out the morning Punanga Nui market in Avarua .

We were lucky enough to get our bus timetables right and did not have to wait long before the anti-clockwise (shortest route to the markets from Muri) bus trundled along. The day was calm and warm and the markets busy and colourful.

The pictures below hopefully paint the picture.

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What a setting for a market
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Ei (headwreath), Pareu (Sarongs) and other clothing – all very colourful
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Ruth looks positively drab compared to the Pareus
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One of the stall holders decked out in Pareu and Ei
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Ruth had to have one of these fans – a centerpiece of black pearl shell with weaved coconut fibre
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Ei’s on display
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Lots of movement from the cultural group who were raising funds to be the first Pacific Islands cultural group to tour Russia. I hope they choose to go in summer.
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There are more styles of ukulele than I had thought. I know my music talent is MIA so there was no inclination to purchase either ukulele or a drum although the latter could have been useful for waking Ruth in the morning.

A few snippets from Ruth’s video

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