A year I lived on Yap Micronesia

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When I was in college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I was studying education at the time. I had the opportunity to travel to Yap, Micronesia for 10 months to teach high school English and see if it was for me.

I thought I would be teaching the ABC’s, in the first 15 minutes I taught everything I knew about English which included verbs, adverbs, nouns, pronouns, and fragments. Instead of sitting on the beach all day like I had envisioned it became challenging. With minimal resources I had to rely on creativity.

Yap is very old school. Yap is known for two things . . . topless women and stone money. I had the opportunity to be around people who didn’t have much and living off $90 ever two weeks well either did I.  But I remember everybody being happy and most importantly so was I.  Yap is a beautiful island atoll. Everything off the main road is private and it consists of 4 islands all connected by bridges. There is an island that is called the “forbidden” island to people who are not from Yap. I obviously never had the opportunity to visit.

Yap is known for it’s world class diving and the Manta Ray feeding station. Interesting things that happened when I was in Yap was having a mother breastfeeding her baby in a parent teacher conference while squirting breast milk all over my desk, night diving, and driving a manual transmission on the right side of the road when the steering wheel was on the right side of the car (just think about it).

The reason I am writing this is because this was the year I became a man, my eyes were opened. It was my first real opportunity to travel and it wetted my appetite for future adventures.  IMG_0109Yap

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  1. I had to look up where Yap is. What an experience! Topless women and stone money got my attention. 😉

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