After almost a week in Yap, sans luggage, I headed to Pohnpei to meet up with the accreditation team at the National Campus on the island of Pohnpei. Tough trip as I left my Yap hotel at 1:15 am, flying all night and arriving in Guam at 5 am. But hallelujah! I got my suitcase! Oh happy day.

Spent the day recuperating in Guam then flew out that night, arriving in Pohnpei at about 2 am. Let’s just say flying what’s called “The Island Hopper” is tough on sleep. On Monday morning I met up with the twelve other team members and we got to work.

The visit concluded on Thursday afternoon and the team was able to do a bit of sightseeing before flying out Friday morning. We visited Nan Madol, an abandoned ancient city made of basalt and coral, and a beautiful waterfall.

Nan Madol's origins are unclear, but locals believe it served as a home to 1,000s on Pohnpei, including royals. The methods of construction are also unclear as it is not known where the basalt came from or how the locals were able to construct such a large and complex structure.

inside one of the structures

Time to head home.

Then, it was time to start the long long journey home on the island hopper...but what an interesting journey! Thank you Federated States of Micronesia and the College of Micronesia!