How would I say 2019 has started? Not quite with a bang, but with a rip of the scooter and naps on the beach. Not initially on our list of places to visit, we got a hot tip from fellow travellers to go to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). A little skeptical at first because of its reputation for being costly, we lucked out and found some flight deals and cheap accommodation. In our little concrete bungalow (sans wifi), we woke up to the sounds of roosters, horses, cows and dogs. Rapa Nui felt like a Hawaii pre-development and if it was colonized by the Spanish instead of the English. It was definitely a little slice of heaven.
Literally in the middle of nowhere, Rapa Nui is one of the most remote places on the earth. 3,500 km from the coast of Chile, it sits in the Pacific Ocean. We rode our (very loud) Yamaha scooter around the island, observing Moai (giant heads) and avoiding the roaming horses and cows. Adventuring around the island was interrupted by periodic tropical showers and afternoon naps. A combination of internet speeds from 1999, a snails pace of life and not much going on, left us with plenty of time to just be.
Being on the island was a stark contrast to back living back home in a hectic, errand-filled, eat at my desk, scheduled life. I don’t think that life on an island is easy at all, but I feel like priorities are a bit different on Rapa Nui. Here’s a collection of my favourites from the 10 days.