Monday, May 18, 2009

So my last entry had quite a few spelling and grammar errors, for which I apologize. I had waited until I got into the office to start typing the blog entry, which can lead to lots of errors. With only one computer, and lots of Peace Corps Volunteers on Savaii, you don’t want to be a person who takes their time typing. So for this entry I’ve done a good job and typed it on my computer at home. I have quite a few random pictures that I’ve wanted to share with everyone, so I’ll take this entry to do so.

Here are some pictures of other volunteers and I getting together for some fun times. It was my birthday at the end of April, so myself and some friends rented out a catamaran sailboat for five hours and sailed around the two smaller islands in the Samoan Archipelago and went snorkeling. It was a great time, and it was also a send off to our friends Allison and Craig who returned to the US, back to Georgia. We also went to a great drag show at the Zodiac bar. There is a huge drag scene here in Samoa, it’s a very interesting part of the culture, of which I’ll talk more about later. It was also cinco de mayo and a lot of the volunteers stayed at Lusia’s Lagoon, our favorite place to go in Salelologa. They made salsa and a piƱata for our friend Jim to break for his birthday. It was a lot of fun, as you can tell by the pictures. Sometimes its very good for us to let off some steam every now and then. This next picture is what happens when your foot is up against your bug net. They just bite you over and over in the same place, while you think your safe and sound in your net.

Here are some pictures of our Aumaga building the fence for the garden project. They all really love having their pictures taken, so I made the rounds and everyone got to pose for at least one picture. It’s going to be a pretty large garden, they want to plant, tomatoes, cucumbers, long peas and cabbage. It’s not very many different crops, but that’s okay. I’m going to plant watermelon, pumpkins and peppers. These crops don’t need to be inside the fence, so I don’t think anyone will mind.

We have finally gotten or sewing machines as well, we start the sewing classes in the beginning of June, so I will get some good pictures of the women learning to sew soon.

Now I’m getting ready to go to Fiji for Ellie’s wedding at the end of June. I am very excited and all of the girls from Group 80 are going to be joining me on the trip, so when I’m not on the wedding island, I’ll have people to travel around with. I’ll be there for ten days and I can’t wait.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Here are some pitcure taken in our fale behind our house, where all of the cooking is done. In this sequence Palepa and Kilali and making koko samoa, which as you can guess is the cocoa here. Just a little insight into the daily stuff that people do here in the South Pacific.

Here Kilali is crushing the koko beans, to make the paste, this is done obviously after all the roasting is done.

Her Palepa is holding a bowl of semi-roasted koko beans, they have to separate the fully roasted for the semi-roasted to make sure all the beans are done.
Kilali and Palepa are both separating the beans in this picture
This is how they roast the beans.

And here's a picture of my host brother Happy in the background drinking some of the already completed koko Samoa.

I drink a lot of koko here. At the moment its koko season, so it's everywhere. It has a lot of caffinee though, so one cup is pretty much it for me, and drinking it before bed is out of the question.

As requested here are a few picture of my house, or well not my house, but the house that I live in. As you can tell it is very colorful and, usually very full. At one time there are about ten people sleeping in the house. I do have my own room though, so I get some privacy, but it can be very hard.

Here is a picture of our kitchen

This is our shower, yes I do have running water, which many people here do not, so I'm very lucky. There's no hot water, but you get used to it, especially when its so hot outisde all the time. A cold shower feels pretty good. Actually if you get the first shower of the night, the water can be warm because its been heated in the pipes all day. That can be nice, however I'm rarely the first one there. This is also where I do my laundry, which is what you can see here in the picture.
This is the living room ,where most of the people in the house sleep. I'm taking this picture from the doorway to my room.

This is another picture from the doorway of my room.

And here is a picture of my room itself.