Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

Recent updates:
2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

There was an interesting exhibit about Polynesian navigation, about how people would use the winds and diffraction patterns of waves to look for land. Some of the navigation feats described were very impressive. One of the most surprising things I learned is that Polynesians apparently drilled holes in coconut shells, which they peered through at stars to help them navigate - kind of like a primitive sextant.