QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
In the interest of saving you guys and girls money by not wasting it on a shocking holiday I want to tell you about a place that I have just visited: The Republic of Nauru.
Oh My God. You may think that your country has problems but nothing and I mean absolutely nothing can compare to this dot in the middle of the pacific. I took off from Sydney airport on Air Naurus only B737-400 early in the morning and was not very impressed. A number of the seats were broken and there was no entertainment system to speak of, and the drinks ran out half an hour out of Sydney. However the crew were nice and I did manage to get off the plane without a scratch. When I disembarked I was greeted with a massive wall of heat the smaked me over the head. I went through customs and immigration and made my way out to get a cab. There are two hotels in the entire country, one was a supposed world class resort that when removing the sheets from my bed because they had another black out, was amazed to find a number of ants and toe nail clippings. After that i decided to go to the beach. I had heard wonderful things about diving off the coast so i was excited indeed. I arrived at the beach, sweat pouring down my face, the sand was scorching, there were these weird coral towers poking out of the sand and had i taken a wrong step I could have been decapitated. I made my way into the water and suddenly I realised that it must have been mating season because I was suddenly surrounded by some very upset sting rays. I got out of the water and went for a walk to the main town of yaren only to find that some bastard had stolen my towel. why?? As i made my way into town past parliament and other buildings I hired a bike to take a look aroung the island. WARNING, NEVER HIRE A BIKE TO GO TO THE CENTRE OF THE ISLAND!!!! I reached the middle of Nauru, It was desolate, dry, the ground was a scorched rusty colour with deep cravasses from the days of phosphate mining, I noticed a pack of wild dogs in the distance playing in a mini tornado. Suddenly the dogs looked at me and started to go as fast as they could in my direction. So I made a speedy exit. I returned to the hotel and asked to change rooms. I was told that there was another black out and I should stay in my room because there was a rather bad storm coming our way. Oh joy! what a bloody thrill! I went to my room and discovered that the contents of the mini bar were either warm or melted. So I went to bed. I was woken at about 3am by Helen Clark doing an interview on NZTV. The power had obveously returned. I began to pack for the flight home after a shocking weekend. I left the hotel, and hopped into a cab. He wouldnt shut up with that stupid cab chat:
"You from 'Stralia?"
"yes i am actually"
"Where you from in 'Stralia?"
"Ahhh! vely nice! I have good friend in Sydedy. You know him???"
"Uhh, whats his name?"
"His name is um, Robert."
"I'm afraid I dont know a Robert."
"i have another friend name Sam in Melbourne, you know him?"
Thank god the island is only 18 square kms so this agony was short lived. I checked in and was told that my flight would leave at 9:45am.
I passed customs which involved me emptying the entire contents of my bag and then repacking them because "There is blackout and X-Ray machine is on blink".
9:45am came and went, 10:45am came and went. At 11am I walked around looking for someone to find out what the hold up was. Technical difficulties i was told, but in about 30 mins I was onboard and on my way Home.
So in short, If you choose to fly to nauru, do so at your own risk. Biggest waste of money in my life!
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1351 times:
Oh boy! But nice to see you haven't lost your sense of irony. For many years Nauru relied on exports of bird-droppings as its major export. That IS why you called it "the crappiest place on earth", isn't it?
And have you had a quiet word with your travel agent?
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
Hahaha, no I cant blame my travel agent. I have a habit of being drawn to obscure little places and this doosey was entirely my own fault. I did give myself a bit slap on the face when I got home for being so stupid. Does anyone have suggestions for where I should go next? Somewhere a little obscure would be nice.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
Birdsville is fun (although inappropriately named). Timor is easily accessible from Australia now. Papua-New Guinea. Tom Price in WA has unbelievable scenery on the doorstep, as does Kununurra. Cocos Island. (And if you want really obscure, there's always New Zealand.)
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Apart from the hotel room not being clean I see nothing wrong with the place from your story
Sounds a bit backwater, but you could have known that. Nicely quiet...
The power outage was probably due to the storms they warned you about.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
I was thinking about going there after an article I read several months ago.
My main question is this: is there enough alcohol in your hotel or on the island? Lets say the lights go out, the stingrays declare a holy war against you, and rabid dogs have torn your limbs to shreds.
Is there enough booze such that you can medicate yourself to overcome these minor issues?
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1283 times:
I have always maintained that the duty free limits on alcohol are absurd even for a occasional social drinkers like ourselves, Rogue Trader. When one considers that the alcohol can be invaluable for first aid, insomnia, warding off mosquitos and evil spirits, as well as for ancillary social tippling, entry limits should be unrestricted. And if it can also induce amnesia in a place like Nauru, so much the better.
And as for those miniscule mini-bottles they serve in your beloved coach class, and provide in mini bars.......!
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1177 times:
Not sure. I think it has something to do with the fact that Cocos Is. is actually Cocos/Keeling Islands, and there are a couple of them. One is largely home to a largely Malaysian (?) population, the other was where the Europeans had their homes, and is where the hotel acommodation is now located (I think). Maybe the ILA was accommodation/facilities for their workers?? This is only off the top of my head, so don't take it as 100% accurate.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 20 Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
So why don't you guys do a swap for a coupla weeks. I had to cancel an Alaska cruise, as it was due to depart mid-September, I was booked Perth-Sydney on Ansett (which folded the day before I was due to fly out), and our connecting flight to the US was also cancelled along with every other flight into the US at that time...along with our onward flights to YVR. I was on an award ticket, so the trip never happened. (But to make you feel better metwrench, I have travelled throughout just about all of Oz and love it dearly. But silver birds were invented for us to spread our wings, mate!