Giant heads EVERYWHERE!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

When our flight landed, we were all greeted by hotel people either picking people up who had reservations, or trying to get people to stay at their hotels. I hadn't made a reservation, so there was no one there waiting for me with a flower lay. Sad. I was, more importantly, able to find someone with space available... who knew it was the tourist season in the middle of no where? Anyway, one of the guys who rode with me to the hotel gave me his flower lay... which made me so happy. After settling in I went with a couple from New York to grab a quick bite to eat. This was quite an eye opener! Who knew everything would be so expensive in the most remote place in the world? I obviously did not read enough about this island before booking my flight. Oh, well! The New York couple was on a nice little week long holiday and decided to spend it on Easter Island. They were an interesting couple. Very, um, intense is a good way to put it. Nice, but very intense! I was so excited about waking up in the morning to explore, that I could hardly get to sleep.

I woke up early in order to get out and explore this amazing Island, that is after a nice breakfast... but only because it was included in the price of my room. I then dropped off my laundry (this would come back to haunt me) and headed down to the tourist office for a map. That is where I met another girl traveling alone. Her name was Kelly and she was heading home to New Zealand after spending 8 months in the Middle East and South America. Since we were the only solo travelers on the island, we quickly became friends. We decided to take a long walk around the island. We first headed south toward the ancient city of Orongo, where the yearly Birdman competition was held. It was a competition where a member of each of the clans around the island would climb down the rocky cliffs and swim across the ocean to Motu Nui (a small rock island near by) to search for a egg of the Sooty Tern. The first person to return, and not get eaten by sharks, was then named Birdman for a year. This honor was rewarded with a year of seclusion... Yippee! Oh and they delegated the dwindle ling resources of the island, which means their friends got more food. The best part of the area was the Crater Lake inside the Rano Kua. It was really breath taking. Kelly and I were not alone. We were accompanied by a pack of dogs on all of our hikes. It wasn't so bad when there were just two... Blacky and Whitey. But since Blacky was in heat (or just the island slut), she was also followed by at least one, sometimes 4, male dogs all looking to get some. This just means Kelly and I always had about 4 dogs following us around. We quickly figured out their pecking order. Whitey was pretty loyal and would always stick around with us. Blacky was just friends with Whitey, and wanted to have a girls day. But since she was such a slut, she was always trailed by a few guys... who just kept ruining her day. At one point a dog fight even broke out, that was pretty scary. Anyway, back to the island. After that long hike up to Orongo we went back to town for a bite to eat. We were able to find a cheap little place; with good food... we only had to put up with a little attitude from the cross-dressing waiter/waitress. We then headed out of town north in order to see the sun set and go to Ahu Akivi, the only Moais that faces out to sea. Because the Moai were set up to over look the villages they protected, they all faced inland. It is believed that the Ahu Akivi still looked over a village, it just happened to be on the other side of the Ahu. Anyway, on our way up to Ahu Akivi, we also stopped to take a bunch of pictures of the other Ahu and Moai. We also ventured into the Cave of two windows, all with Whitey by our side. However, when we exited the cave, the weather took a turn for the worse. The clouds had moved in and the sky had began to open up to pour down on us. We tried to carry on, thinking the storm would pass. But after a bit, we were wet enough and decided to give it up and head back into town. We were also really hungry and it was getting really dark. We got back to town too late for me to pick up my laundry, no worry, I would just get it in the morning. So we decided to head back to our favorite little "sexuality confused waitress" cafe for a bite to eat before going to the movies. No I didn't watch the latest blockbuster on the most hard to get to place on earth... Kevin Costner had made a movie about the island back in the 90's and now it is played a few nights a week at a local hotel. It was actually pretty informative and gave a good example of how the birdman cult worked and how they moved the Moai heads. Although it also needs to be taken with a grain of salt... since some of the historical stuff isn't quite exact, like the moai and the birdman happened in different time periods. But still it was good.

The next morning I tried to pick up my laundry, but the place was closed. I guess it was national Chilean holiday. So I had to wear my "laundry dress" (the dress I only seem to wear when everything else is dirty) on the organized tour Kelly and I had booked. The tour was great! Our guide was so full of information, and so excited to share it all, that he was talking the whole time... Thankfully in English. The tour took us to all the important sites around the island. Some of my favorites were the Quarry, Ahu Akivi (the 15 Moai in a row) and the Moai with the top knots (can't remember the name of this Ahu). The coolest fact that I learned, was that one of the main archeologist to work on the Moai and Easter Island, was a man named William Mulloy... and he was working at the UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING!!!! How cool is that?! When I told our guide that I was from Wyoming he was very excited and talked a lot about all the work Mulloy had done for the island. It was pretty exciting! The tour had taken most of the day so by the time we got back into town, I set up my scuba diving for the next morning and we made plans to meet for dinner... of course at the cross dressers place. You would think he/she would stop giving us so much attitude since we had eaten there so much... but no. She was just as big of a bitch as ever.

The next morning I woke up every excited to get under the water! But first I had to pick up my laundry. Thankfully they were open. I headed to the dive shop, only to find out that the hot Italian guy I had seen the day before was on my dive. Yippee! Anyway, the dive was really great! There were a bunch of huge abandon anchors down there and also a Moai head. It wasn't real, it had been made for a movie, but it was still pretty cool... I picked its nose. There were also a bunch of spotted eels. I was a bit annoyed when I had to share the guides' oxygen, because mine was getting low... but hey, better safe than sorry. After the dive, I took a nap before meeting Kelly to go to the museum and do some shopping. We then headed back to the tourist office in order to get some good karma. We had paid for half of our tour before it ever left, but then we were never asked for the second half... because there was a mix up and we were put with a different tour. So we weren't even sure if we were supposed to pay more. But since Karma is so important while traveling, we thought we better check... good thing we did cause they did need the money and were very happy that we came and found them, instead of them waiting for us at the plane that night. We were both flying out on the same flight, so made plans to meet at the airport. The flights weren't so bad. We had a few hours in the air before we stopped in Tahiti to change planes. It was great! They gave us a flower for our ears and there was a group of guys sitting there played guitars and singing Tahiti welcome songs. I got such a kick out of it... mostly because it was about 1 o'clock in the morning. Seriously people! Go home and get some sleep!!! Next stop New Zealand! YEAH... ENGLISH!!!
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