Easter Island – Best of 2014

Easter Island – Best of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close I encourage everyone to take a look back at 2014 and come up with your own Best Of list.  This year was probably my best year for travel ever: 12 countries with almost half of those being new! I’d like to share with you some of my favorite experiences and pictures of 2014, in mostly sequential order.  I took just over 13000 pictures in 2014, so I had quite a few to go through, but I’ve condensed it down to my favorites.  Halfway through the year I significantly upgraded my camera and decided to take photography more seriously (hopefully you’ve noticed less overdone HDR pictures), leading to a much better-developed knack for post-processing.  As a result, I decided to go back and completely re-edit my favorites so you get the best possible edition of my favorite pictures! Easter Island What a unique place!  And by unique I guess I could say: empty.  Regardless, it’s a bucket list place for many people and is one of the most remote places on earth.  I went on the trip due to a too-cheap airfare from DFW (routing through Mexico City, Lima, and Santiago) (in coach) (ugh), just like the trip to China. Honestly I want to come back.  The Moai were unique and intriguing and I feel like I could do Easter Island better next time.  It’s a bit out of the way but I’ll probably end up going back sooner than later.  For a great story… read more

Easter Island, Part II: The Statues, The Moai

I could go on and on about the mystery and intrigue of Easter Island, but I think I beat the topic to death in Part I of this report.  People tend to visit Easter Island for one solitary reason: to see the Moai.  There is a lot of mystery about these statues, indigenous to Easter Island and left there by the native Rapa Nui people, ancestors of whom still populate the island today.  There is a lot of mythology about the statues and there are numerous people who have dedicated their lives and livelihood to researching and discovering the untold secrets of these incredible statues.  I am not one of them, but that’s ok.  I didn’t come to understand everything about the Moai on this trip, I just wanted to live in their world for a bit and experience the culture of what, if not for the daily LAN flights, could accurately be called the Land of the Lost. I’ll try to fill in the blanks where I can, but I like exploring on my own and didn’t take a tour, so I no doubt missed out on a lot of details about the Moai.  There are plenty of resources online that do a much better job than I ever could.  One of the most recommended books I came across is A Companion to Easter Island, by James Grant-Peterkin, a British native who visited the island to study its unique linguistics (a blend of Spanish and Rapa Nui) and fell… read more


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