You know those places that you dreamt of going to … ?

And Life happened and you never did.

St. Helena is one of these places.

An island, until recently only reached by the RMS St Helena from a tourism point of view – or by yacht.

An airport due to receive its first flights in 2016 is under construction.

The RMS St Helena puts out from Cape Town and takes about six days to get there.

On the island are about five thousand souls and a history going back to 1502, when it was discovered by João da Nova of Portugal.

It became like a half way service station for the Portuguese until 1658 when Cromwell granted the English East India Company the ‘right’ to govern St. Helena.

Napoleon eventually ended up being exiled there and he is the most famous historical personality that the island is associated with.

Its main settlement is Jamestown, a linear development in between steep slopes rising on either side.

"St-Helena-Jamestown" by Andrew Neaum. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St-Helena-Jamestown.jpg#/media/File:St-Helena-Jamestown.jpg

“St-Helena-Jamestown” by Andrew Neaum. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St-Helena-Jamestown.jpg#/media/File:St-Helena-Jamestown.jpg

Tungi Spirit is the speciality of St Helena, made from prickly pear, any fruit will do for fermentation – especially if you are stuck out there in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

There seems to be no end to the human imagination when it comes to alcoholic products – better to watch the sunsets with.

A university lecturer called Percy was besotted with St. Helena – the island itself became more interesting to me than the construction projects that he was involved with; so in that sense Percy succeeded fully in holding my attention during lecture time.

He knew it inside out (or perhaps rock by rock), slide after slide would appear on the screen as he explained his projects.

I think he too was more interested in the island than in the projects …

Next year you can fly out there but there is something about the RMS St Helena, the idea of a sea voyage like in the ‘olden days’ …

You can read all about Saint Helena in Wikipedia of course and get more information about the RMS St Helena over here … maybe I will see you on board yet!?

Copyright G. Rigotti 2015

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