We left Kiribato in 2001. Returning 12 years later, we were amazed at the changes. Though increased population is certainly one of the big changes, there are others as well.
There are many more shops carrying a variety of goods. Though the price of food is equatable to costs in Australia, there is still a selection. Most surprising to us were the bakeries. We bought bread and buns that were really tasty!
Air Fiji has taken over Pacific Air. This is the company with which we flew.
There have been some changes in Bairiki. The stadium is still there, though painted pink now. Most surprising was the construction of a 2-story building just to the left of the field. We have no details on this, but were wondering if, as the population increases, whether two or three-story buildings will be constructed more often.