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Many places on island have old relic from II. World War. old canons, bunkers and other. Explore them all, along coast and inland, too...
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On west of island you can in inland find a water place known like Bauda lagune. In surrounding lives birds, but some nice houses too.
 
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How looks life in Nauru
We ask Grey, Yu-Xing, Ding, a vet who works in Nauru, for something about the island, life, culture and others. Below you can find interesting answers to maybe some crazy questions.
 
GREYIf you have to describe the island of Nauru in a few sentences, how those phrases sounded?
>> Itís hot but with the most comfortable sea breeze. Itís small but with lots of relics to explore. Itís a Pacific island but with the unique Nauruan style. Itís Nauru, the lost Pleasant Island!

What crime, what is the government policy in the country and what are actually the price of food, and souvenirs etc...?
>> (crime part) >>  Basically, I guess the law here is pretty much alike. Stealing or murdering will definitely earn yourself a long stay in the prison. There is no traffic light here, but you have to follow the rules of pedestrian-first and speed limit (40 mph) even without any speed detector on the whole island. Just make sure you donít pass any police car ahead of you. If you accidentally overtake their car, donít worry, usually they are pretty nice to foreign visitors.
Recently, I heard they have a very interesting rule about schooling. In order to prevent kids from skipping school for no reason, Nauru government has a new policy. Parents will be received a penalty of 50-300 AUD or a 2-3 days stay in the prison once their children skip school without any notice.

>> (price of food)
Compare with where I am from (Taiwan), I would say the cost of food or beverage here is 2-3 times higher. More than 90% of goods in Nauru were imported from Australia, Fiji, or other Pacific countries. Letís take Coca-Cola as an example. The common price of a Coca-Cola 330 ml can here is 1 AUD, which in Taiwan is only 50-60 cents. The price of a take-away meal in Chinese restaurants, Nauruan stores, or Philippine shops is about 4-5 AUD. If you want to discover the most surprising price of food, just go check the fresh vegetables in the supermarket.
The best deal you can make here is seafood. Fishermen or women will sell fish, squids, or lobsters on the piers or on the side of road. Only 5 AUD will get you a super fresh, forearm-sized bonito or squid. If you are lucky, you can also get a tuna in a sweet price!

FOOD

>> (souvenir)
Getting a souvenir here is not a problem. In the biggest supermarket (Capelle) here, youíll find Nauru T-shirt and beach short. You can also choose a fabric in the store and ask the tailor to create a custom-made shirt or dress. This will only cost you 30-35 AUD to get an Island style outfit for local parties! Although you have to wait 5-7 days to it, I think itís totally worth it! In the post office, you can find different styles of Nauruan postcards and send it to any part of world by just 1 AUD (including a postcard). They also sell some beautiful stamps on various themes, like frigate birds. There are also 2 gift shops on the island, where you can buy different things printed a Nauru map. If you are looking for some crafts, you probably need a local guide to help you out.

The island is very small. Nevertheless, it is the road network and the cars with the bike. If someone has a car is a luxury, or people here can cope financially that?
>>Yes, of course. During my stay here, I saw a roadster speeding on the road once or twice. I also heard that more and more people bought second hand cars from Japan, like Mitsubishi. Even though itís a used car, it still looks pretty new comparing with the ancient jeeps here. The most amazing part is while you are wondering why there is a moving mess of broken, rusty, worn metals on the road. Itís actually an old jeep which can even speed up and pass you.

Most people here drive motorbikes or take buses. Nauru got different sizes of buses which can take people to school, work, church, or some special events like bingo or a big party. But usually only local people or foreign employees of Nauru government will get on the bus. If you just travel here for a few days, you may think about renting a motorbike or hitchhike all the way.

transfers


The war marked the island, despite the fact that its center was in Europe. What remains of war can be found on the island?
>>The relics of World War II are basically everywhere on the island. Along the coast, you can easily find the pill box every few miles. If you pay more attention to whatís around you while going around the island, you will spot Japanese cannons hidden in the middle of trees or stand straightly right in front of peopleís houses. If you head to the Buada district, where is the easiest place you can see the bunker surrounded by pinnacles. There is also an old Japanese prison concealed in the wood on the uphill road to Buada. Few months ago, local people even found some human bones in a cave of Anibare district. You can also discover various sizes of bunkers in different districts, but you probably need the help from a local guide.

II. WORLD WAR on NAURU

What was the reason that you work in Nauru?
>>I worked here as an alternative military service, or we call it Taiwan Youth Overseas Service. You know every man in Taiwan is under the obligation to serve in the army for like 1 year. Because I am a vet, which got myself qualified for joining this program. Thus, actually I was assigned to Nauru and work in the Taiwan Technical Mission in Nauru. We are here to help people develop home gardening and build animal farms to improve their lives. My job is basically taking care of all the animals on the island. Recently I also worked with Secretariat of Pacific Community to train some local officials to become Paravets.

What are you doing at the time off (in free time)?
>> This is an interesting question. Believe it or not, on weekdays I just stayed at home after jogging or biking on the airport runway around evening. As for weekend, I will go grocery shopping, hiking and ridge climbing to see the relics, fishing at piers with locals, swimming and sunbathing at the Anibare harbor, sports game (rugby, boxing, racing, tennis, volleyball, rooster fighting..) watching with friends, or just go around the island and expect to see the unexpected surprises. Usually on weekends, there will be some special activities, parties, or games for different reasons or holidays. I tried not to miss any of them cause these special events are the most fun things to kill time here. Recently I decided to go deep into local peopleís lives, so I went noddy bird hunting with my local friends and also watch them tame the frigate birds. This is quite an experience.

How people live here, they differ among themselves as the islanders? Refuse foreigners?
>> No! During my 1 year stay in Nauru, I would say people here are pretty nice to foreigners. Just politely ask them if you need any help or guide, or before taking a picture. I think people here are super optimistic and hospitable. You may share your thought, traveling stories or plans  with them, which will easily make them laugh out loud. They may offer you some extra helps or show you around the island.
People here are pretty proud of who they are. I heard Australia used to offer a place for all the Nauruans, but guess what? They choose to stay here. My local friends told me this is their home, they are not going anywhere. Even though there are more and more young people studying or working abroad, they still want to come back to this Pleasant Island one day.

Island is sure very attracts for tourists from around the world. What the different nationalities on the island you have met?
>> I was amazed that there are so many people from different countries living on such a small island. I have met people from Australia, China, Cuba, German, India, Ireland, Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands and of course Taiwan. From time to time, there were some visitors, journalists, or photographer from America, French, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

If tourists come to the island, what would you recommend to see first and what to avoid?
Well, although you can basically see everything thorough the window, you should definitely avoid going straight into local peopleís houses no matter how good friends you guys are. Besides, always follow the principle of pedestrian-first while you are driving a car or a motorbike.

As for the things I will recommend to see in Nauru. Here are 10 things I think you must do except going around the island.

1. Go to the island bingo at Friday night and feel the craziness.

2. Visit the Buada lagoon to capture the primitive Nauru.

3. Explore the relics from World War II to witness the history of Nauru.

4. Take a picture with ďthe RockĒ which is the landmark in Nauru, just like the Eiffel Tower in France according to my Irish friend.

5. Visit the refining factory of phosphate, the broken cantilever and the present phosphate mining area at top site.

cantilever

6. Join the ďHashĒ to closely feel the pinnacles. (Hash is a weekly hiking event hosted by Australians every Monday evening.)

7. Go to a rooster fighting game and feel the tension.

8. Fully dressed swimming or snorkeling at Anibare harbor around evening.

9. Go fishing with locals.

10. Enjoy a night at K-bar in Menen hotel or at a local party.

party & disco menen

What a life on the island, discotheques, entertainment, or some sporting events. Something is happening there?
>> Yeah! Los of interesting things are going on here. The main entertainment on the island is Bingo! It usually starts at Friday night and Saturday afternoon as well. They will have extra games during holidays like Christmas, New Year, or Fatherís Day. You can also go to the K-bar in Menen hotel. Things there will get ugly and fun once it passes midnight, you got to be part of it and feel the passion of Nauruan girls. As for sport event, you can see local people playing volleyball, basketball, tennis and rugby almost every day. The big sport event or competition usually takes place on weekends or special days.

NAURU OLYMPIC RUN 2011

Like during the holidays of Independent Day here, there were a series of games, including cockfighting, fishing, traditional sports, boxing, rugby, volleyball, and even church choir. Well, I think the biggest sport event here is absolutely the Olympic Nauru Day run in the end of June. Tons of people joined the competition and enjoyed the run! While you were running here, you would never feel that close to the equator.

sport

Can you imagine life on the island, or you miss home and want to go back soon?
>> Haha! I still canít believe I lived here almost 1 year. Life here can be really simple! But it is just so different from Taiwan. I definitely miss Taiwan and canít wait to go back to see all my family and friends. If I get to choose how long I can stay here, I will say 3 months is totally enough. For people who are looking for a simple life, you will definitely feel home here.

Thanks Grey, I think your answer will bring a better image about the island. I wish you that you'll get back home soon with a lot of great experiences in Nauru.

 
 

 

 

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