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RO# 691

Posted - Jul 15 2010 :  23:22:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will slowly make notes, and add pictures, about some of my favorite places. This is about Abiang, Kiribati.
Abiang is about 20 miles north (01.49N 172.59E) of Tarawa but that distance is sufficient to isolate it from modern amenities. Houses are made of thatch and have no walls (interior or exterior), just a steep sloped roof that reaches to about 5ft from the ground. A raised platform, of coconut frond stems and typically about 3' high, forms the floor. When entering the home you need to crouch under the roof while swinging up to the platform. There is no furniture and personal objects are stored in the rafters of the roof.
The lagoon is a beautiful expanse of turqoise and blues studded with coral and a wide shallow shelf of sand which stretches from the beach. The atoll has a number of small islands and the large island of Abiang itself. From the lagoon to the ocean side it is only a few minutes of walk, just a narrow stretch of land. The highest elevation of the islands is about 3 feet.
The people of Kiribati are beyond describing in such a short topic as this. They are a warm and generous people, each welcoming you with a smile and a greeting of "mauri" which means blessings. Probably I-Kiribati are my favorite Pacific people. There are many cultural rules, and though christians, they maintain a strong belief in spirits.
I hope this photo thing works out.

Edited by - Peleka7 on Jul 15 2010 23:24:07

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RO# 2743

Posted - Jul 16 2010 :  05:33:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Photos are great! Thanks.

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RO# 31163

Posted - Jul 16 2010 :  06:33:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful!! Keep them coming!


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Posted - Jul 16 2010 :  06:39:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bravo! Top Notch Pictures and Prose.
Thank You.


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Posted - Jul 16 2010 :  07:54:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazing! Just like National Geographic.


There is much to be said, in a world like ours, for taking the world as you find it and fishing with a worm.-Bliss Perry, 1904

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RO# 842

Posted - Jul 16 2010 :  08:03:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

great pix but with all those buildings I am surprised to see so few occupants. Does everybody leave for the day?


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Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  19:26:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing Spike.

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RO# 25362

Posted - Jul 21 2010 :  21:53:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's all the pics without the need to click the links:

Thanks for sharing. Is that your cat getting painted?

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