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Peleka7

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Posted - Aug 04 2010 :  12:19:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tuvalu is a nation of 9 atolls located north of Fiji. The people are Polynesians and the language is similar to Hawaiian. They have a population of about 10,000, half residing in the capital island of Funafuti. Funafuti can be compared to a small USA town of about the 1950's. They have electricity, motor scooters, shops and other amenities, but not much of them. The only hotel would be condemned in western societies but ranks a 3 star rating in the South Pacific. Services for boats are not existent, fueling (when available) by jerry can, water not recommended and scarce. The primary social gathering is the Friday landing of the airplane. The runway is cleared of dogs and pigs, the rugby goals placed on the grass median and everyone watches as the plane lands and disgorges the few passengers. Nearly everyone shows up at the airport for this and it turns into quite a party.


The outer atolls are basic subsistence of fishing and agriculture, with none of the amenities of Funafuti. Transportation between the atolls is nearly impossible except by small boat, which stops are rare.
The people are warm and generous, and the fishing excellent. Global warming will kill off Tuvalu in the next few years. They have purchased a small island in Fiji to move the population.







Edited by - Peleka7 on Aug 04 2010 12:24:31

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jtybt15

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Posted - Aug 04 2010 :  13:54:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Were those land crabs in the basket?? Kinda looked like them coconut crabs.




Charlie

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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solar

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Posted - Aug 04 2010 :  14:15:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice to hear from you Peleka7. God Bless.

SOLAR

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Peleka7

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Posted - Aug 05 2010 :  01:26:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coconut crabs! You can wring out about 2 cups of oil from each crab. Tastes like 30W motor oil (non-detergent). They are easily caught by wedging the meat of a coconut into the root legs of the pandanus tree. You come back a few hours later and just grab them off the tree (careful of the VERY large claws).
The aircraft is a 1954 Convair run by Air Fiji.



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solar

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Posted - Aug 05 2010 :  06:16:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thought is was a DC3 until I noticed the Turbo props and not Radials.

SOLAR

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saltysam

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Posted - Aug 05 2010 :  07:08:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you speaak a bit about the forced shift of the population?


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Bill

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froggy3k

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Posted - Aug 05 2010 :  08:40:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome pics! Thanks!!!!
Guess all those .tv domain names will be going away soon.....



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