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Oceania » Nauru January 9th 2010

After bungee jumping on New Years Day, we stuck around Queenstown for another couple of days to take in some more of the what seems like endless tourist activities. We did a hike to the top of a mountain for some downhill luging, and we also caught a movie in one of the theatres here in town - Sherlock Holmes. Not exactly my cup of tea but not a bad way to spend two hours, all in all. Our campsite in Queenstown was set in a valley surrounded by mountains, and right beside a small lake. You had to follow a narrow dirt road to get to it, and over the span of the four nights we stayed there, we saw TWO motorhomes flipped over on their sides off of the road. They were obviously just ... read more
Being led to our campsite
Chew away, it's a rental!
Milford Sound Cruise

Oceania » Nauru » Yaren July 22nd 2008

There is nowhere like Nauru. It is a fascinating place but its recent history has been rather tumultuous. A very brief history - Nauru was inhabited by Micronesian and Polynesian people around 3000 years ago. Nauru was annexed by Germany in 1888 and phosphate was discovered in 1900. After WW1, Australia, New Zealand the UK became trustees of the island. Japanese forces occupied Nauru during WW2 and after the war, Australia, New Zealand and the UK continued their trusteeship of the country. Nauru became independent in 1968. In 1989, Nauru took Australia, NZ and the UK to the International Court of Justice over their actions during the trusteeship period. The main issue was the devastation to the environment from the phosphate mine. The compensation case was eventually settled out of court. Phosphate mining generated a huge ... read more
Aussie Rules match
Nauruan Soft Drink Company
The road to the mine in the centre of the island

Oceania » Nauru » Yaren November 30th 2007

I visited Nauru for the second time about six months ago and this is my much delayed account of that visit. I wanted to write this short description mainly so I would have an excuse to also post over 15 photos which I think show a different side of Nauru than my first blog entry. There is a lot of beauty on this island, despite everything. This entry is dedicated to the beaches, the ocean and the simple things, both natural and man-made that surprised me and made me smile. My second visit to Nauru was quite a different experience to the first, largely because this time I knew the story and I knew what to expect. So this time, when work allowed, I decided to try and discover more of the natural beauty of this ... read more
A beach on Nauru
Blue sea blue skies
An idea of size

Oceania » Nauru June 2nd 2007

Ha! This travelblog doesn't even list Nauru as a country! So, where shall I start? I think, the first thing to know is that this is the smallest independent country in the world, covering just 21 square km and with just 10,000 inhabitants. On a single island rock. And it has a vote in the UN. It is also the only country in the world without an official capital (well, it is a single island, with only one town, which basically covers the whole island, so what's the point?) I spent a week there and discovered a very unique place. The history of Nauru does not make for very pleasant reading. I am no expert, so please bear with me while I give you a brief breakdown. I wouldn't normally do a historical overview(!) for a ... read more
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