17.03.2009 - 22.03.2009
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I might not be an official inhabitant of Pitcairn, officially I might even not be a temporary inhabitant, but as a visitor staying at a homestay on Pitcairn surely feels close to it. At least much much closer than you would in any other country on the world. If you would stay in another country at a homestay you might get to know some people, but the last 3 or 4 days I have met the majority of people living in this fantastic remote little country. And that's what makes Pitcairn just a lot different from remote compatitors worldwide. In those 3 or 4 days I have also seen and done most things, and I just start all over again and visit some favorite places. One of these is the Eco Trail, a nice walk west of Adamstown where at the end there is a bench with a million dollar view of the Pacific Ocean, parts of Adamstown and the slopes of the hills descending into that same ocean and covered with palmtrees and other lush and green vegetation. And let's not forget the beautiful birds like the snowy white terns towering above the trees and my head.
Today is my 4th day and I probably might add a few days more, as we are not in a hurry as the plane from Mangareva doesn't leave within 10 days. Tonight is kinda party night, going out to have dinner, a beer and a good laugh while playing darts. We will see how things work out to be. Although a few other go diving tomorrow morning, of course I am going to church on Saturday which is the official resting day at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I might just soak up the religious atmosphere as well while I am here.
I know things have been written down in the past about Pitcairn, and some things might even have been negative, but my experience is just positive, both regarding the natural beauty of the island itself as well as the magnificent people that live here. So hearby I declare all people who wrote negative about it totall fools and blind as well. We might just call someone Dea Bitchett....people know what I mean, at least the Pitcairners.
So, could I live here? Well, yes and no. I would miss a lot of people in the Netherlands, miss the space and miss the opportunity to just get into my car and start driving for an hour or so. Other than that, nothing is to be missed here.
To all Pitcairners....cheers for a great time here on the island. Let's just hope our days on board the Bounty Bay back to French Polynesia will be just as memorable....in a positive way that is....;-)