When I was visitiing Pohnpei in the Federation of Micronesia, I had a chance to swim under some awesome waterfalls, and go see the basalt fortress built by a people from long ago, since vanished.
There were some wild speculations that the Phoenecians had somehow sailed down to the middle of the Pacific Ocean and built a civilzation there using the basalt logs for materials. Just another rumor made into a book by a charlatan.
The way that the logs were obtained was very primitive and simple. They built fires on top of a butte, and then poured cold water over the area. This split the rock into long “fingers” of volcanic basalt. Then the logs were chipped to fit the building plan.
The present day ruins were used in the opening sequences of the latest re-make of King Kong, with additional CGI entered in the finished movie.
One has to time the visit just right if you want to climb on the ruins, as the tides get so low that boats can’t get out to the islands where the ruins are. I had to walk a short distance in the water at low tide with bare feet, as I didn”t want to ruin my shoes. I had a small sea snake swim directly in front of my right foot, but we did not touch. I was told later that sea snakes were lethal. Well, I let sea snakes and any snake alone, and this was a baby snake, so was not too worried.
My little boy did get some coral cuts when he took his shoes off, and developed sores on his legs. I went to the local grocery/warehouse and bought some Pine Sol, and that cleaned him up pretty good.
We have some lovely 8 mm home movies of him interacting with the local pigs, which tended to run loose in the streets. One porker that was kept penned up was one of the largest hog that I had ever seen, and I was raised on a farm.
The only custom that I did not care for was that the restaurants were lax about letting animals in, and once when I had lunch a dog came in and made himself at home under our table. I understand the French sometimes allow pets to eat at table , but I draw the line there!
The food was mainly Asian, and when I ordered a cheese sandwich for .40 I got just that. Two slices of white bread with a slice of American cheese inside, no mayo, no butter, no mustard. A limply warm cheese sandwich in a restaurant where the dogs sit under your table qualifies for a Memorable Eating experience.
It was also rumoured that dogs sometimes made it on the menu for families, so maybe the mutt was hiding out!