Cook Islanders have the distinction of being citizens of New Zealand as well as Cook Island nationals. They will be competing in the women's slalom (canoeing) in the 2012 Olympic Games.
The videos below show what the islands look like from the air and the ground while including interesting tidbits about what make the 15 islands that form the Cook Islands unique from one another. Though one part in the beginning made me feel a little carsick, it's an interesting and informative introduction to a country with islands that sometimes have as few as one or two inhabitants (or none actually). Pretty remarkable in a time when population is often discussed in millions and even billions now. It's fun to discover places that feel more human in scale.
I loved that bit about how Palmerston Island wasn't put on world maps properly until 1969. I think it's exciting that it isn't too late to be an explorer, or the lone inhabitant of an island. It makes me feel like a little kid again, sailing around the world on a kitchen chair in a paper captain's hat. Now how did my mom make those hats again?
Gleefully pretending because I can,