Sojourn in the South Pacific: Part 2
A few nights ago, we arrived at Tontouta International Airport. Having travelled on 7 planes over 4 days, it had been a gruelling trip from the United States, via Paris and Seoul.
Today, we managed to set up 3G access on the iPad, having opened a bank account our second working day on the island (a small miracle in itself as among other things, the last three bank statements for our previous account in Europe were required).
We were here 5 years ago and wrote about our adventures then at Sojourn in the South Pacific. We wondered, upon arriving, what if anything had changed. Turns out, a fair bit has. This blog will recount our adventures in New Caledonia today. What is it like here, now? Has this “Paris of the Pacific” been tainted by tourism, crime, and modern-day life? Is it one of the world’s last hold-outs against consumerism, over-mediatisation and always-on connection addiction?
Read on to find out – and please be patient in these early days, as blogging on an iPad presents its own technological challenges (photos and fancy design will come as soon as we can get Internet access via a laptop/PC)!