Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gave Me Vertigo...

If you get a chance, fire up Google Earth and go look at an island called Tristan da Cunha. It is supposedly the most remote archipelago in the world, and people actually live there. The mail only comes once a year! They apparently only have one phone and one fax line. (Though I have to think with the advent of satellite that this will change). The one radio station broadcasts the BBC World Service four days a week. The people live on one little slice of the island because most of it is too steep, since it's the top of an oceanic volcano. To get an idea how remote this place is, the nearest other island is called, I am not making this up, Inaccessible Island.

Anyway, the reason I brought this up is that looking at Tristan da Cunha on Google Earth actually gave me vertigo. It's so remote from anything else and all, it just seemed like I was going to fall into the ocean just looking at it. And people really live there!

Take a look if you get a chance.


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