No selfies from Easter Island

When people fly five hours to an island 3,700 km away from the mainland, they want photographic proof of having been there. Lots of photos. Tourists were walking up and down in silly poses before each stone statue on Easter Island, photographing themselves with cameras mounted on ski poles.

I don’t do that. After all, I have a brain to record memories.

Only after walking around the crater of Rano Kau, I was apparently too exhausted to pull my legs out of the photo in time.

Rano Kau feet

And in Tongariki, I was so lost in thought that I walked into my own picture.

Andreas Moser Tongariki mit Hut.JPG

And these are all the photos of myself from one week on Easter Island. I was probably the only visitor who left without a photo of himself grimacing in front of a statue. But I did get to explore more of the island itself; a full report will be published on this blog soon.

(Zur deutschen Fassung.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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6 Responses to No selfies from Easter Island

  1. I absolutely understand you. Posing and other typical things, some travellers do seem so non-smart, stereotypical, childish and boring. Furthermore mostly, it is respectless towards the ancient Easter Island culture. You absolutely realize who of the travellers has a herd mentality. I have been travelling myself, that is why I talk like this. I tried to stay away from the other Western European travelers. They move in herds, talk in herds and think in herds. Terrible.

    • I agree.
      I even skipped some places in South America because I didn’t want to be around those “we need to tick X of the list” or “we need to do Y next” people. Sometimes I felt like the only person who traveled in South America but didn’t go to Machu Picchu. Most of these Western European youngsters didn’t even think of going anywhere that was not listed in the Lonely Planet and or anywhere that wasn’t already being flooded by their peers whose travels they seemingly wanted to copy.
      But the same happens in Europe, where both European and international travelers only go to Paris, London, Rome, Pisa and Venice. Nobody ever visits Bitola, Cetinje or Targu Mures and when I talk of my travels in Eastern Europe, I often earn a blank stare, like “What do you want there?” – As if traveling to an unknown place is a waste of time because none of their friends would be as impressed as if they went to Bali.
      The herd mentality even extends to the timing of traveling. These types are surprised to see me traveling somewhat aimlessly at age 41, for they believe that you can only travel for one year after high school before you need to start a career, buy a car, sign a mortgage and have children.

    • If people travel the way, you describe, by trying to copy others, they did not understand what traveling means.

      You have to adjust your life to live the life of a traveller as you do. Most are much too petite bourgeois to have the guts to do so. Also, I personally do not consider the lonely planet as reliable. It describes a run down dodgy hostel as cosy. In my opinion, this is much too euphemistic.

    • By the way, you are openminded and smart according to a study.

      Those who stayed in their hometown tend to be less educated, less wealthy, and less hopeful.

      They tend to be less open to other cultures and less open to immigrants.

      Ultimately, they tend to be more likely to support Donald Trump.

    • I notice that each time I return and speak to my relatives, none of whom would ever move to another country.

  2. Kelly MacKay says:

    I agree, I do take a “proof” I was there photo. Which I think is fine, but a instagram page full of selfies, will never happen

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