This is horrible.
A Finnish tourist has been arrested for ripping the earlobe off one of Easter Island’s ancient statues. Marko Kulju, 26, allegedly snapped off the giant lobe, which smashed into dozens of pieces. He then pocketed a chunk of the sacred Moai head in front of a horrified local woman. He now faces seven years in a Chilean jail and a £10,000 fine if convicted of stealing part of the 4 metre high head.
But I think this part is even worse.
Patricia Loflund, the consul at the Finnish embassy in Chile, said: “It was a sudden, impulsive crazy idea. He is sorry and surprised that it has caused such a stir. He really regrets his actions.”
He’s surprised it caused such a stir?! I’m just glad he’s not an American.
Two days, four flights, and five airports later, I’m home from Easter Island! I’ll write up some thoughts about the (awesome) trip as soon as I can, but for now it’s back to the daily grind of work and life.
I’ve never been happier to see Penny and Ethan, though. Even a week is too long to be away from my family. Ethan give me a great big smile and a “DADA!” (yes, all caps) when he saw me, and words can’t express how good that made me feel. Anyway, more later!