11.10.2012 – 11.14.2012
Easter Island has been on my wishlist for such a long time. It is a remote island and difficult to reach that it all seems rather mysterious to me. The Ahu Akivi statues are very picturesque.
Dogs without Owners: “Islander”
There are a lot of dogs without owners here. They all look alike: black, big, hunting for food from tourists, skinny or chubby, aggressive or passive.
On the hiking trail to Orongo, an angry dog follows us all the way for three hours, up and down, from the bottom of the sea at the Anaka Tai cave to Rano Kau, even though we don’t have any food to feed him. He whines and cries for the other tourists, but never for us.
We try many times to get rid of him, but he always finds his way back. In the end, I name him “Islander” with the “s” pronounced as “s” (the story is that the flight attendant on the flight from Lima to IPC announced the destination as “Easter Island” with the “s” pronounced).
After breakfast, the friendly locals tell me that my car suffers a flat tire and offer their help to me at no cost. We call the sketchy car rental guy and ask him to bring another spare tire in. Considering that he asked for our hotel address to pick up the car, we suspect that he poked a hole at our tire last night and is now asking for $10 USD.
The island is expensive: a cup of coffee costs $8 USD.
11.14 Flight to Santiago, Chile
I like the famous “As Completo at Bellavista” and the bohemian fashion (I buy 3 pairs of earnings in 10 minutes). Every time I go to the el bano (bathroom in Spanish), I always try and check if the flush of the toilet runs counter clockwise.