- Posted December 7, 2010 by
San Francisco, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport Global Challenge
I went to Nauru in October 2008 for one week. In some ways, it was a depressing experience, but in others it was a truly wonderful one. The financial situation for most islanders is dismal. Most Naurans seem to not work, yet despite poverty, they import labor from all over the Pacific Islands. These laborors from other countries seem to have a strong distain for the Nauruans due to the native's percieved laziness.
Despite the depressing outlook for the country future. Nauru can offer an amazing experience for someone who can see a diamond in the ruff. The island is truly out in the middle of nowhere, which made me feel as if I was on the edge of the world. The scenery is also breathtaking, if you can ignore some of the garbage on the beaches. The phospate craters in the middle of the island are very cool to see. Also, while many Naurans are not friendly, just like any country, if you talk with enough people, you will meet some great ones. I met a very friendly police woman who offered to drive me back to my hotel after getting sick in the main town, and a Nauruan bus driver who worked at the hotel took me to the store and bought me medice. The foreign workers are also very exctited to meet people who are not Nauran, and visitor rarely come to the island. So I was treated like a celebrity.
Over all, I had a great experience and met a lot of great people. For this, I would go back. If the Nauruans cleaned up their country just a bit though, it would have amazing potential to bring in tourists.