Later in the afternoon, Lu and I boarded a bus with Kiri to spend a few days at her house and Millie left to spend a few with Lina. Lu and I got the wonderful bus experience by Lu being asked to sit on my lap for the trip. For an 1hr 45min trip, that can results in some serious numb leg and butt. Once getting off though, it was great visiting another PCV and seeing where they live. Kiri’s village is beautiful, right on the ocean with a huge Catholic church built there. We were welcomed into her home by her family and then later that night after eating, went to the rock pools that her village has built. The water was probably the coldest that I have EVER been in and once you became used to it (or numb), then your body felt cool for hours afterwards. Great experience, especially because my village doesn’t have any of those. The next day we headed over to meet up with all the other volunteers in Manase, a picturesque village that has beaches right off of a postcard. We stayed in fales there that were little more than huts with mattresses and mosquito nets but honestly, anything more and it would’ve been brutally hot. As it was, we had a nice breeze and an ocean view.
The other volunteers arrived the next day, bringing with them food for a potluck. With 13 volunteers, that meant plenty of barbeque, chips, and other foods including my personal favorite, brownies made with cocoa Samoa (Samoa’s own cocoa mix). The challenge of the day ended up being getting the grill started. Grill in this case meant a metal plate balanced across two logs with coconut husks to put underneath. Well Zach went to it with gusto and eventually got it lit to much applause and presto, we had barbeque. I haven’t eaten that much in a long time and it was great having things that reminded me of home (Kiri brought pasta salad!). We ended up meeting a guy who was staying at the resort at the same time and inviting him to hang out with us. He’s from Canada but apparently just moved to Australia to start teaching there. Well we all had a great time for two days just relaxing in the water and totally living up to the nickname of the Beach Corps.
Brad and Zach trying to get the coconut husk grill lit.
Me enjoying my bagel :)
PCVs and other aid groups during a Yoga event at ESC promoting Sexual Assault Awareness
Our Country Director's wife's legendary tirimisu
Planting trees for Sexual Assualt Awareness month at the local women's shelter