Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Around Easter Island.

I still had Annette's hire car the next morning, and deciding to make the most of it, got up at 6am and drove north-east in rainy darkness to see sunrise at Ahu Tangariki, on the east coast. Quite a few others had the same idea, so there were quite a few of us wandering around in the gathering dawn enjoying the atmospheric spectacle.

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I had planned to go out later in the day on Andres's scooter, but the rainy weather continued, and I decided to use the rest of the day to relax and unwind instead. I read my book, dozed a bit, watched a movie and read some more. I think I must have been pretty run down, as I ached a bit after my bike crash, and despite sleeping for a couple of hours during the day, after another Spanish lesson with Andres, I slept for ten hours!

I felt wonderful when I woke this morning, and headed out on the scooter to see more of the island. It was a great ride in the sun up to the north coast of the island. I took the scooter down some narrow, unmarked tracks, and enjoyed the rugged coastal scenery. It is all very wild and spectacular.

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My main goal was to see Anakena, on of the island's very few beaches, and another fascinating and picturesque moai site.

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I also swam at the beach, as it was such a nice day. There was a decent surf rolling in, and I did a bit of body-surfing, but gave up when I lost my goggles - don't want to lose my contact lenses too!

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