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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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Descending further into the chasm. There seems to be a few stories about how Niue got its name. One story tells of settlers from Samoa sailing in the ocean for weeks without seeing land. Upon seeing a coconut, a sailor shouted out "niuē!" - "look, a coconut! - leading them to shore. Another story goes that since Niue has such few beaches, no coconut trees were established on the island, so a Samoan king gave the settlers the present of a coconut, helping them along.