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the Crystal Cruise Way - Easter Island to Bora Bora!
the Social Diary Health Expert Columnist Ruth S.
Column #7, March 15th, 2006
- travel is good for your health too - read about Ruth's recent
What an amazing trip!
Oh my goodness. This Crystal Cruise was so fabulous.
Easter Island was fascinating and we took a million
photos, even one of me
hugging a very large and tall monolith. There are about 900 monoliths
scattered throughout the island all made of lava rock. About 4,000
live on Easter Island.
Then we sailed onto Pitcairn
Island which was also
like walking back in history. There are 61 inhabitants, all descendants
the mutineers from the HMS Bounty. The water is very rough so
we did not go
ashore---no one did but a couple of the ship's officers-but the
came aboard and had a craft fair and sale, had lunch aboard, and
for us before they left. The came and went in longboats. I talked
to one young barefoot man, age 25, who told me he had been born
Island and then his family had moved to England. A couple of years
all moved back and he plans to live his life there although he
may have to
leave briefly to as he put it "find a wife" and bring
her back. They do have
electricity he told me, no television, but they do have free internet
DVD's---no movie theatres. The mayor come from the UK and changes
What a strange forlorn isolated place. Almost no lowland, a mountain
middle and located near nothing. There is no physician, so if
anyone is sick
they radio the nearest ship to come pick up the sick person and
get him to
the nearest site of medical care, usually New Zealand.
After several more days at sea we arrived in Bora Bora,
so beautiful I could
move there if all my kids would as well. Then to Raitea and finally
Papeete. Those islands are all so magnificent and the water is
beautiful shades of blue that it is indescribable. We flew home
Papeete, 7 hours and 20 minutes to LA, not bad at all. We got
Thursday. That's the shorthand version of the news from here.
Ruth S. Jacobowitz is a
health advocate, lecturer, and the author of five consumer health
books. Her newest book is Final Acts—a
Visit Ruth at her web site www.ruthjacobowitz.com
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