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DAY 49 ….. February 22nd ….. At Sea
DAY 50 ….. February 23rd ….. At Sea
Today we crossed the Equator again and back into the Northern Hemisphere.
DAY 51 ….. February 24th ….. Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
Well, we are now well and truly off-the-beaten track on one of the myriad islands in Micronesia. ...
... the time to demonstrate how the betel nut is prepared for chewing, and some of the traditions for the Yapese. They each showed us a handwoven basket, and I had earlier noticed Yapese men holding these during our trip here. When a boy turns fifteen years old, he is given a small basket. As he gets older and learns specific tasks and trades (e.g., canoe carving) he "earns" larger baskets. So, essentially, the size of a man's basket determines his status. ...
... Yapese village on the north side of the island (about a 30-minute drive from Colonia, where we are now).
Lucas did his second set of diving today, which he enjoyed again. The first dive was to see more manta rays, and the second dive was to see an enormous reef not far from Colonia. While Lucas was diving, I relaxed by and in the resort's pool. No one else was there this morning, so it felt like it was my own private paradise.
... not to offer television service to guests, to preserve the quiet nature of the island.
But it is very quiet and peaceful here. Most of the sounds are from birds in the jungle, roosters crowing and the wind blowing through the palm trees. An occasional passing car is usually the only aural reminder of technology.
The Yapese are so friendly. Almost everyone -- and especially children -- will ...
... staying in the State of Yap, on the Island of Maap in the village of Wacholab at the Village View Resort. The 'village' consists of 5-6 houses and our resort which has the only dive shop and only restaurant attached to it. These are the only amenities. There are no stores, shops, town hall, public or private buildings. We are the only game in town. There are many such villages scattered all over the islands with no amenities of any kind. The majority ...