Robinson Crusoe Island

Life right now is an odd balance of privations and possessions. There are no newspapers, broadband is hopeless and there’s neither a bank nor an ATM. But there is a radio station, several restaurants and two breweries (the Archipiélago lager is excellent). The island isn’t used to tourism and, on occasions, it shows. The fisherman who was due to take me to out at 9am went fishing without me – at 5am. Fortunately, another boat, skippered by Rodrigo Chamorra and Bruno “El Loco” González, offered to take me, with the warning that they were going to the south of the island – which meant nothing to me but was whispered in a portentous tone – and we would be out till the end of the day.

In the Financial Times, Chris Moss stays on an island in Chile called Robinson Crusoe—which is perfect for vacationers who want to go somewhere where they’ll see very few people and live like a castaway (this is sort of my kind of vacation). Cost of three nights in Santiago and four nights on Robinson Crusoe Island, plus a flight from London: $6,900. Time to start saving, I suppose.


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melis (#42)

Oh my God, what is south of this Island??

@melis A polar bear for some reason?

Flights seem to be universally expensive to Santiago but I found out Copa Air is still old school with 2 free bags, hot food and free liquor.

“Sounds great, do you have any flights available for Friday?”

@stuffisthings (This joke is probably my proudest accomplishment of the day.

Productive Friday!)

John B@twitter (#2,658)

Jonathan Franzen went to the same island to try and come to terms with David Foster Wallace’s suicide (spoiler alert: he failed). Very moving piece.

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