I must admit, that Google Maps is my new guilty pleasure. And while I enjoy looking around countries that most everyone has heard of and perhaps visited, I rather enjoy searching the seas for obscure or isolated civilizations. Kind of like a modern day digital Magellan, minus the horrible death.
Today, something in the news jogged my memory an island that I read about many years ago. It was the most isolated island on the planet, an eight to ten day boat voyage to even reach it since there was no airport. Little to no internet access, and electricity flowed only during certain hours of the day since everything was run by generators and supplies only flowed into the province a few time a year.
It’s called Tristan da Cunha. 38 square miles in total with a population of 297 and a massive 1,500 miles from the nearest continent, South Africa:
I love that the notable landmarks in maps includes two churches, a bar and a lava field:
Inaccessible Island nearby is a protected wildlife preserve, which received the name due to the inhospitable terrain when trying to land on the beaches. Looks a bit sketchy to me too. (Google satellite imagery)
Getting back to Tristan da Cunha (google maps link), they actually have a website, which is pretty incredible given the population. The readability and font size is pretty terrible, but I’ll try not to focus on that too much. HOWEVER, should the powers that be there happen to see this, reach out, we can do some amazing things for you on WordPress.com.
And speaking of WordPress.com… There’s a local on Tristan da Cunha that actually blogs about life there, going back to 2007. While I have not finished reading through everything, it’s an interesting insight into living off the beaten path. You all should check it out:
Another destination for my bucket list, would love to go sometime. Would make for a neat meetup venue if it weren’t for the really slow internet service.