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Two Lover’s Point

September 19, 2011

Went out for an evening bike ride.  Saw a Guam shuttle bus with Two Lover’s Point Shuttle emblazoned across the rear, and figured it was time to do a piece on this most touristy of attractions.

It’s rather self-explanatory, methinks, but I’ll go for it anyway.

1) Boy and girl fall in love

2) Parents don’t approve.

3) Boy and girl find highest cliff on island and jump off together.

Somehow this is supposed to be romantic.

Fast forward a few centuries, and it’s now a prime tourist attraction with its own shuttle bus.

Well maintained, the Point does admittedly have some great vistas.

In true tourist trap fashion, however, the best views are atop an observation deck,

Of which the tour operator charges the princely sum of $3.00 to ascend the last 15 or so feet of elevation to see what there is to see.  To insure you’re separated from your $3, the tour company erected a very lovely gray barrier.

<sigh>

This is also a preferred place to get married.

“Hey!  I know a place on Guam where two kids committed suicide!  Let’s get married there!”

Or leave a piece of ephemera on the fence, as is Korean custom.

Since there’s not much to see other than a gray fence, people watching is the order of the day.  

Tourists everywhere seem to live in their own bubble, largely oblivious to everything sans what’s in their viewfinder,

including each other.

This guy appeared to be the sole excepetion.

This next group was a trip.  They spent their entire visit to the Point photographing each other,

Completely ignoring their surrdoundings.  They could have been in their living room with a poster as a backdrop.

No one, that I could see, was in the moment; everyone was too busy ‘capturing’ it to truly enjoy just being there.

I poked around a bit and found a spot whereby the vista could be viewed:

For free.  Yes – it’s a pretty place, and Two Lover’s Point does Guam justice on many levels.  I’ll leave you to contemplate that.

Until next post,

Chuck.

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