28.08.2009 - 29.08.2009 32 °F
Yap, also known as Wa'ab for locals, is an island in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It is a state of the Federated States of Micronesia. It is a very tropical island. Stop number three on my travels. this was a very interesting island. all over the island there are these round stones called rai stones that used to be a form of currency for the locals carved out of lime stone. Back when they first discovered lime stone it was as valuable as gold is to modern society. they were used as currencies and dowries. very rarely are the stones moved but rather they are left in place and the owner of the stone changes over time. there wasn't a whole lot to do while in yap, this place was more of a "on-the-way" kind of place, a neat place to go on the way to wherever you're going. During my short time here i didn't do much other than go exploring. i came across some very old shrines pre dating the come of white men. and i found more world war two wreckage. Those Japanese were very thorough in their invasion of the south pacific, plus they weren't very good at cleaning up their messes.