Giant heads EVERYWHERE!
Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
111Trip End Jun 23, 2009
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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...
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
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!!!