Middle of Nowhere the navel of the World
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A brief update for the Sunday. I am up at 6 for my flight to Easter Island, nearest inhabitable island Pitcairn 1700 km away. The orginal settlers called in the Navel of the World, (Maybe they thought a small island could rule three quarters of the world. Ah but you'd have to be British to do that !!) The languague is Polynesian giving it a huge geographical spread of one languague from hawaii in the north down to NZ and the various pacific islands.
Anyway We fly lan Chile who are superb, and we land at the safest airport in the world, based on the fact, no high mountains nearby and that it is about 5 miles long. The americans wanted somewhere to land the space shuttle in an emergency.
On the left of the crater is a national park. It was an old village called Orango and it was where the cult of the bird man lived. There are old stone huts and you can see the three off shore islands where men would swim to to collect an egg of the sooty tern and their clan would rule the island for the year. I walked back around the crater and really didn't want to walk back it was so incredible.
In the evening i had dinner watching the sun set over the ocean and went to the first night of the festival. The band was good the dancing was good, and so were the monologues of the body painted performers who I believe were taking the elements as their inspiration. This was all in polynesian so had no idea what they were saying. Anyway after the 6th act I went and had a beer and watched from the distance. A great day on my first day in Easter Island.