Sun. Dec. 30th – Visited Robinson Crusoe Island.  This was the island where the privateer Alexander Selkirk was marooned for four years. He had a dispute with the captain of his ship about the seaworthiness of the ship and was left on the island when they stopped to pick up water. He lived by himself for four years until he was eventually picked up by a passing ship.  He returned to England and his story inspired William Dafoe to write the book Robinson Crusoe loosely based on Selkirks’s experiences. In 1996 the Chilean government renamed the island, Robinson Crusoe. There was a lot of construction going on to work on rebuilding after a 2010 tsunami devastated much of the town. With a population of about 900 residents the town has a brand new Astroturf soccer field.  Why? I don’t know.

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