In the Spotlight – 13: Nauru

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Formerly known as Pleasant Island. The smallest independent Republic on Earth at only eight square miles. The least populated UN member country on Earth. The only country without an official capital city. Nobody knows the exact origin of the natives as their language does not resemble any other in the Pacific. It’s the least visited country on Earth, only 200 tourists a year visit. And bird leavings are the chief export. Seriously. Tourists are the second biggest source of income, meaning crap is more valuable than people are. Yes, where else could we be other than the beautiful island of Nauru.

This small oval shaped island is located just 25 miles south of the equator. It became independent in 1968. And it has a population of just over 9,000. Experts think the origin of Nauru is from the native word Anáoero, which means, I kid you not, ‘I go to the beach’. My kind of people, I must say. The yellow stripe on their flag symbolizes the equator with the white star symbolizing the geographic position of the island in relation to the equator. It’s white because, erm, I think you can figure that one out. And obviously, the blue is the ocean. The twelve points on the star represent the original twelve tribes of the island. The separation of the blue into two equal halves recalls the saga, in which the first inhabitants were brought to Earth from two boulders. Their motto, in English, is, ‘God’s Will shall be First’. They have a very large Christian population. Who apparently like going to the beach.

Sights include The Cantilevers, two massive and highly unusual structures for such a tropical paradise. Two huge cranes off a sandy beach, no longer in use, once used to load the bird leavings onto ships. The first was installed during the two world wars, the second in the 1960s. Really strange icon. Quite marvellous decrepit punk. Command Ridge is where the Japanese kept watch in the 1940s, Nauru’s highest point and still home to some rusting World War Two guns, including two large rotating six-barrel weapons than once fired six-pound shells, and also home to an old communications bunker. Indeed, there are camps and weapons being discovered all the time from the Japanese occupation. Parliament House is gorgeous. The Central Plateau is a simply stunning wild landscape. And Buada Lagoon is a sight of pure ethereal beauty. Really wonderful.

Perhaps its greatest wonder is Anibare Bay. A gorgeous bay with beautiful sandy beaches, palm trees and gently crashing waves. It’s fantastic. Just looking at it is relaxing and calming. It’s what Nauru is all about. Somewhere to let the troubles float away in the most magical and otherworldly locale. The vista is magnificent, a real gem, possibly the closest one could get to heaven on Earth.

Nauru, the country of gorgeous views, rich history and bird poop.

Ciao :)(:

Photos: The Flag of Nauru and Anibare Bay

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