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Published: October 29th 2005
EASTER ISLAND IS AMAZING!!!!! We have had the most incredible day. Our tour took us to all the major sites of the "Big Boy" statues. According to our guide an unfinished statue is a "moai" and a finished statue is a "Ahu Tongariki". We have seen lots of both.
Some of the statues were standing on the platforms (ahus) and some have been toppled in the Civil Wars of the past, between the Long Ears and the Short Ears. The movie "Rapa Nui" is a good representation of the Easter Island culture and covers some of the conflict between the Long Ears and the Short Ears. Many moai were still in the volcano crater quarry, and some were by the ocean. It was WAY cool.
The island itself is delightful. It's one of the few islands that we have found with no commercialization from other countries. There are no Best Westerns, McDonalds, or KFCs. The town is small and quaint with lots of flowers, moais, a small harbor, and horses running down the main street!!
The climate varies greatly during the day. We will be freezing one minute and then the sun comes out and we are too
hot. Dressing in layers is a must. Also, the rain showers come and go throughout the day and last for 5 minutes max.
Our little hotel, the Orongo, is near the downtown and is very convenient. Raul, the owner, is a most unique person with some gender issues. But he most hospitable, a good cook, dresses very nice and has beautiful long hair.
We are having a fabulous time and are truly charmed by the peole and all that we have seen. More later from Tahiti.
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