Micronesia - a heavenly place in the Pacific Ocean
• Micronesia - a heavenly place in the Pacific Ocean
Micronesia, Pohnpei and more precisely - one of the four states of Micronesia. Despite the fact that since 1986 the government formally considered independent, it is very convenient to sit on the neck of the United States. For this the US Army uses the territory of the country on your own. In this regard, the Americans well done - no matter where the flight, all their military bases, all soldiers, airplanes and dollars. Since they Micronesia, however, a little missed. There's no Coca-Cola and McDonald's.
The island looks like this - another heavenly place in the Pacific Ocean.
I wake up, and the window pouring rain! Pohnpei is one of the world's record for most rainfall. For the year in the mountains may fall to 7600 millimeters of rainfall.
A small skylight. You can go to explore the island.
The main street of the capital. Handsomely.
A poster about the dangers of smoking. I just wanted to smoke, even though I do not smoke. Even I went to look for cigarettes.
According to the assortment of street shop, everything just drink and eat cookies. I'm telling you - a heavenly place.
Jesus watching every ponpeytsem. The island runs a bunch of cultists, missionaries and preachers.
This is the bunker ... oh, no, that, God forgive me, the church.
Across the island rusty old car and other equipment. No one utilizes it. On other islands enterprising Chinese ships come and take out tons of old metal.
But not here. Here the old Japanese tank may well be in the yard of the Second World War.
Almost all the cars on the island right-hand drive, although the movement as we have. It is understandable, cheap Japanese cars are much closer to the US.
Local Gopnik listen repchik with mobile phones.
How do something like that.
It seems to me, or someone will eat today?
Absolutely all the inhabitants of the island chew betel nut, a local gateway drug, a mixture of fruit betel pepper leaf, tobacco and coral powder. From his lips red and look stupid. Well, what else to do on the island paradise?
Apparently, someone else will eat today.
Local resident (or resident) ???
Living. It looks like 90% of homes.
The center of folk crafts.
Cut fish made of wood.
I think it's me in the future. I'm sure I'll go in old age to a remote island and will chew betel. By the way, pay attention to the crosses. Bury relatives here in the yard. That of stiffs was at least some sense, can be dried on the crosses the network.
The driver takes me to the airport. Before leaving the main road we have to stand 3 minutes to skip the busy traffic. During these 3 minutes the driver all izvorchalsya what horrible plugs in them. I've thought to buy him a ticket to Moscow to look for real cork.
At the airport hangs here is a poster of the local airlines.
We go to the landing, again rain.
Please note that all local people with floral wreaths on their heads. They never fly everywhere. Escape from paradise - a big celebration, and I very much understand.
arrive on the island to bite.
Also there is nothing interesting.
We fly on and make a landing on the atoll Kwajalein. Here is the Air Force and the US naval bases, missile range and the famous Baikonur Reagan. Even here December 22, 1946 after 3 nuclear tests capsized and sank last of the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Now here on the island omelek island is a launching pad for the rocket Falcon 1. I air all well photographed, do not know if you can spread. Suddenly Secret? And in general, this is one of the largest atolls in the world with the largest lagoon.
are planted in the US military.
Let's fly to the next atoll, in the Marshall Islands. For those who do not know the atoll - is such a narrow ring of land 100-500 meters wide. Could never understand how people that live, what they do, from which houses are built. I thought Marshall Islands this remote village with the wild tribes.
Getting a visa to Marshall takes a month. We need to send a bunch of documents, and they get in the mail permit. Airport in a rural simple.
I arrived late at night, until the bus drove me to the hotel, took off a little bit out of the window. I was extremely surprised prosperity of local residents. Here, you and a bunch of machines, and tennis courts and supermarkets. Not directly say that it is a small island and a few atolls in the middle of nowhere.
As they are so bummed? Because here nothing grows except palm trees? The answer is simple. The hotel internet is worth a dollar per megabyte. I think today I made them a good cashier.
In fact, a banquet sponsored by the Americans. They are building their base here, for it gives sponsor nearly 50% of the budget. If another interesting point refill the local treasury, "the Trust Fund for compensation for nuclear tests."