The island of Rota (Luta)

Wedding Cake Mountain

I grew up on the island of Luta, as we call it in CHamoru. Luta (or also known as Rota) is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, belonging to a chain of islands called the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

I moved to Luta when I was 7 years old. It is a small island, without the western modern influences like skyscrapers, shopping malls, or movie theaters. In fact, it is so peaceful that when you close your eyes you don’t hear rumbling vehicles, sirens, crowds…

All you hear are the birds singing in the trees and the rustle of leaves in a tropical breeze.

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