Almost Like Being There.

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I have a thing about islands. I’ve always been fascinated by them because I feel like they’re a place I could visit and know completely—the smaller ones, anyway. Technically Australia is an island but there’s  a lot of ground there to cover. Small islands, though, are fascinating places, even though many are remote and tend to be difficult to get to. Actually their remoteness and the difficulty of getting to them is part of the attraction. That’s why I was really intrigued to hear about virtual tourism of the Faroe Islands. It’s not just a virtual tour either. If you want to “visit” you can interact with a local through a headset and camera. You can tell them where to go and even ask them to run or jump, which seems kind of obnoxious, and very trusting on their part, and I hope no one’s taken advantage of that. Fortunately if you do get “control” you only get it for about a minute, and the local person will offer suggestions about where they can take you. It’s a great way to have a brief but semi-guided tour of the area, and if I were visiting a place I’d rather have a local show me around than just try and figure out my own way. Some of the time, anyway. Sometimes when I’ve traveled I’ve also enjoyed going off on my own, which is also part of the appeal of small islands. It’s easier to feel like there’s less chance I’m missing something in a place where there’s not a lot of ground to cover.

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  1. Arionis

    That’s pretty cool. I’ve also had a thing about islands ever since I read Tom Sawyer. There was an island in a lake that we used to camp at when I was a young boy. My sister and I always talked about stealing a boat and going to live on the island. We never did though. Mostly because all the food was in the camper and we would raise a few eyebrows carting it out of there.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I love that part in Tom Sawyer when Tom and Huck and that other guy camp out on the island! And there’s the hilarious part where they come back. I can’t remember the exact line but Tom and the other guy are welcomed by their families and Huck is off on his own looking forlorn and Aunt Polly comes and makes a big deal over him which makes him feel even worse. That part made me laugh so hard.
      Anyway it’s a shame you didn’t take up residence on your own island.

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  2. mydangblog

    This looks gorgeous–apparently you can get there by ferry from Iceland…one day. But for now, the virtual tour will do:-)
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’d rather visit the real place myself but the fun thing about the virtual tour is I’d feel comfortable getting to know the guide, even with our very limited time.

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  3. Ann Koplow

    Thanks for being there, Chris. I hope to tour the islands soon.
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I hope to hear about your island tour and what you see when you visit the Faroes.

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