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Published: March 7th 2012
in the island 'capitol' of London, buying trinkets and batteries in the local store.
(Just about caught up on my blog!) anyway.... So in December 2011, I and my 4 future co-workers arrived on Christmas Island (Kiritimati, but pronounced Kiritsmasts) in the Republic of Kiribati (but pronounced Kiri-bas) Confused? I was --so easier just to say Christmas Island! Even many locals call it that. Its a unique Atoll, very dry and almost savana like interior, except for many miles of lagoon and shallows on the perimeter-and many miles of deserted and often very rugged beaches-this is not the idealic 'south seas' island people would imagine. Not to say it isnt pretty-it has its gems, far off the yachtie and cruise circuit-this is truly a place to escape. The 'capitol' is the tiny dusty town of London, the only other town is Poland, 2 hours down the road. Used for atomic testing in the 50s, Christmas never truly overcame that and became a tourist destination. Water is another problem, rain is scarce-when we were there they had not had significant rain in a year! Its a subsistance economy, no millionaire yachts or beach houses.all the more reason to come here! People here dont have much, With one govt run hotel, 'Capt Cooks' and another fly fishing
out the window
arriving at Christmas island, my window seat reveals a much larger island than I imagined.
'resort' ; accomodation is limited, but comfortable enough. The local people are friendly and I enjoyed driving from one end of Christmas to the other, mostly on one lane dirt roads. or simply tracks through salt pans and small stands of palms. In 6 hours only saw one car, and unfortunately it was the same one that hit us! no harm done, a few dents and scrapes, and off we went, and so did they-such is life here. Fly fishing is the main tourist draw, several world records here, and crowded fishing spots dont exist. A week went by and off we went, glad for our stay on Christmas and the nice people we met while there. We left by fishing cruiser the not so originaly named 'Nautilus' to Palmyra, following the Line Islands chain to my next 'home' for 3 months........next-Palmyra Atoll
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