Yap Island (Days 1-2)

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Stone money

A very strange and beautiful island.  After a late night arrival, I spent most of Easter Sunday reading in my hotel room, as there is close to nothing to do here short of touring and the island is practically shut down today.  The weather is not so great either, and it is rainy and windy all afternoon.  The next day, I'm scheduled for an all day siteseeing tour of the island.  We drive to see several traditional meeting houses, japanese zeros and a bomber, the wreckage of an old Continental airlines jet, and a stone bank where I see dozens of the large stone wheels that they traditionally use as currency on the island.  All of the famous stone money is fashioned from rock that comes from quarries in Palau and each wheel is said to be the value of one life.  If you want someone killed, it will cost you one stone.  If you want to pay the dowry for a wife - one stone.  Now, they are mostly used for show and to convey status.  We are just seeing the Japanese zeroes when a fast moving tropical storm moves in and I have to postpone the second half of the tour for another day.  It's another long boring afternoon in the TV-less hotel room.

 

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Stone money
Stone money
Meeting house
Meeting house
Japanese bomber wreckage
Japanese bomber wreckage
Stone bank
Stone bank
Japanese bomber wreckage
Japanese bomber wreckage
Old stone pathway
Old stone pathway
Japanese zero wreckage
Japanese zero wreckage
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traditional canoe building
traditional canoe building
Stone bank
Stone bank
Continental jet wreckage
Continental jet wreckage
Japanese bomber wreckage
Japanese bomber wreckage
Japanese zero wreckage
Japanese zero wreckage
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