I’ve landed on ice, but never on grass

It may be hundreds of miles north of Fiji, separated by open ocean, home to a unique ethnic group and language. But you get to Rotuma like you get most places these days. You get in a plane and fly.

Still, though, when you closest neighbors are, um, Wallis and Futuna … well perhaps this Google Map will give an idea. The red thingie is Rotuma.Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 10.25.11 PM.png

The plane only goes once a week. So you’re stuck there for seven days. And the runway? It’s made of grass, and surrounded by coconut palms.

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