PALAU – PALAU – BELAU

Popodnevno kupanje-The afternoon bathing

Popodnevno kupanje-The afternoon bathing

Skolski autobus krstari ostrvom-The school bus picking up the children

Skolski autobus krstari ostrvom-The school bus picking up the children

Stenovita ostrva-Rock Islands

Stenovita ostrva-Rock Islands

The capitol building of Palau, Melekeok

The capitol building of Palau, Melekeok

Tradicionalna oslikana kuca-Traditional painted house

Tradicionalna oslikana kuca-Traditional painted house

Tuzni tropi-Tristes Tropiques

Tuzni tropi-Tristes Tropiques

Zgrada Nacionalnog kongresa-Palau National Congress

Zgrada Nacionalnog kongresa-Palau National Congress

Glavni grad Koror-The capital Koror

Glavni grad Koror-The capital Koror

Kanui iz Survajvera-Canoes from the Surviver

Kanui iz Survajvera-Canoes from the Surviver

Lepa usamljena plaza-A nice and lonely beach

Lepa usamljena plaza-A nice and lonely beach

Lepa usamljena plaza-A nice lonely beach

Lepa usamljena plaza-A nice lonely beach

Most prijateljstva-Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge

Most prijateljstva-Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge

Oseka-Low tide

Oseka-Low tide

Plima-High tide

Plima-High tide

Ostaci rata na Pacifiku-Remnants of WW2 at Pacific

Ostaci rata na Pacifiku-Remnants of WW2 at Pacific

Jedna od najmanjih i najmlađih zemalja na svetu, Palau je ostrvska državica
oblasti Mikronezije u zapadnom Pacifiku. “Tamo gde raj upada u more”, kaže
se u reklamnoj brošuri za ovu zemlju, što se, ipak, mora primiti sa izvesnom
rezervom kad se opisuju pacifička ostrva. To nisu uvek bele peščane plaže sa
zanosnim lepoticama u kokosovim kostimima, jer vrlo često plaže uopšte ne
postoje. To oštri koralni grebeni, dok “lepotice” mogu imati i do sto
kilograma, jer je to tipična odlika telesne građe naroda ovih regiona.
Svakako da postoji i ona lepša strana, koja je najizraženija u Francuskoj
Polineziji.
Da se jedan engleski brod Istočnoindijske kompanije, koja je tada vladala
Indijom i Dalekim istokom, nije nasukao na obale arhipelaga Palau krajem
XVIII veka, ko zna kada bi se čulo za njega, s obzirom na to da se nalazi
izvan glavnih pomorskih puteva. Kapetan Henri Vilson se toliko sprijateljio
sa kraljem, da mu je ovaj dozvolio da njegovog sina, mladog princa, odvede u
London na školovanje. Princ Li Bu je, nažalost, već sledeće godine tamo umro
od velikih boginja.
Zanimljiv je nemačko-španski kupoprodajni ugovor, prema kome Špansko
Kraljevstvo prodaje Nemačkoj Imperiji 1899. godine Marijanska ostrva,
Karolinska ostrva i Palau (bez ostrva Guam), dakle celu Mikroneziju. Nemci
su se tamo kratko zadržali, do kraja Prvog svetskog rata, kada su
administrirali Palau iz Nemačke Nove Gvineje. Potom je, između dva rata,
Palau prešao u ruke Japanaca, a zatim potpao pod američku vlast sve do
devedesetih godina XX veka, kada je ova zemlja stekla potpunu nezavisnost.
Groblje zarđalih japanskih tenkova svedok je vremena dominacije Japana na
Pacifiku.
Stenovita ostrva su prirodni fenomen u vidu čitavog arhipelaga preko puta
glavnog grada, koji se naziva Koror. Ostrvca su obrasla gustim zelenilom i
okružena su ili spojena belim peščanim plažama, što im daje jedinstvenu
lepotu.
Dve stotine godine stara tipična ostrvska kuća, sa krovom od guste trske i
lepo islikanim ribarskim motivima iznad ulaza, podseća na brod koji kao da
izranja iz šume palmi i čeka da bude porinut u lagunu, u kojoj mirno leže
raznobojni kanui, zaostali sa snimanja serije Surviver.
Lepota ostrva Palau je u njihovoj jednostavnosti, miru i udaljenosti od
sveta. Opšta uspavanost ove nacije danas je možda njihova velika prednost.
Ako to sebi mogu da dozvole, lepo je biti letargičan kao Paluanci.
Buđenje je ono što bi moglo biti opasno.

April 2005.
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One of the smallest and youngest countries in the world – Palau, is an
island state in the region of Micronesia in the West Pacific. ‘Where heaven
falls into the sea’ – is the slogan on the tourist brochure, but this has to
be taken not so seriously when describing the Pacific islands. They are not
always white sandy beaches with captivating beauties clad in coconut leaves,
because very often beaches do not exist on these islands. They are sharp
coral reefs, whereas ‘the beauties’ can weigh up to 100 kilograms, as this
is a typical body shape of the people in these regions. Of course, there is
a nicer side to it all, predominantly in the French Polynesia.
If one English boat, belonging to the East India Company which then ruled
India and the Far East, did not run aground on the shores of Palau
archipelago at the end of the 18th century, who knows if and when Palau
would have been discovered, as it lies outside the main marine routes.
Captain Henry Wilson befriended the local king to the point that he let him
take his son, the young prince, to London for schooling. Unfortunately,
Prince Lee Boo died there as early as the following year from small pox.
According to the German-Spanish Treaty from 1899, the Kingdom of Spain sold
to the German Empire the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands and Palau
(without Guam), which is basically the entire Micronesia. The Germans did
not stay long, until the end of World War I, when they ruled Palau from
German New Guinea. Then between the two wars, Palau fell into Japanese
hands, and then under American rule until the 1990s, when it finally won
full independence. A graveyard full of rusting Japanese tanks is testament
to the Japanese dominance on the Pacific.
Rock Islands situated across the capital city Koror, are a natural
phenomenon and they form an entire archipelago. They are covered with dense
greenery and are either surrounded or connected by white sandy beaches,
which makes them uniquely beautiful.
A typical island house, 200 years old, with a thatched roof and motifs from
a fishermen’s life painted above the entrance, reminds me of a ship which
appears to emerge from the palm trees and awaits launch in the lagoon, where
multi-coloured canoes, left from the shooting of The Survivor series, are
floating peacefully.
The beauty of the Palau islands is in their simplicity, tranquillity and
remoteness from the rest of the world. The sleepiness of their entire nation
may actually be an advantage in today’s world. If you can afford it, it
could be nice to be sleepy like a Palauan.
It is the waking up that can prove to be dangerous.

April 2005

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