I’ve had poetry on my mind a lot over the past few weeks, so I’ve decided to start naming my blog posts after poems or lines or quotes that are speaking to me deeply at the moment, and then share them with you, my dear reader, at the end of my post! This is my […]Read more "One Heart"
Just a quick post today about the Rugby League World Cup! First off, Rugby League (*coughLOIcough*) is a very different game than Rugby Union, which is what I played in the states, and is what most of the very famous teams play, like the All Blacks and the Springboks. The Rugby Union World Cup will […]Read more "Mate Ma’a Tonga Ki Ai!"
Today I arrived in Koloa Vava’u to begin my two years as a PCV. The Vava’u crew was detained from leaving Nuku’alofa for a day, as anyone affiliated with Peace Corps isn’t allowed to fly in a MA-60 plane. So, yesterday morning, the Ha’apai group flew off early, while the TBU group were slowly picked […]Read more "Aho uluaki i Koloa’ni"
Moa. It means chicken! It also means boyfriend/girlfriend. So, dear reader, when you come to Tonga, and someone asks you if you want moa… double check your context before saying yes. Let me rewind. Picture it, Tonga, 2017… In Tonga, kava ceremonies are the domain of men. On other pacific islands, both men and women […]Read more "How I almost accidentally acquired a Moa Tonga…"
Peace Corps, like any modern bureaucracy, loves it’s acronyms, and let’s be honest, so do I. Typing them is so much easier! With that said, sometimes it can be a bit confusing and I may forget to tell you what I’m writing, so I thought I’d compile a handy dandy list for you, my dear […]Read more "Acronyms, yo!"
Last weekend, Peace Corps marked its 50th anniversary of being in Tonga. The week before was full of staff running around getting things ready, PCTs finishing up our Home Visits (HVV) with current PCVs, and lots and lots of RPCVs flying in to Nuku’alofa to celebrate the occasion. Saturday there was a kava ceremony and […]Read more "Ta’u 50 Kau Ngaue ‘Ofa ‘Amelika ‘i Tonga!"
Tau lava! It’s been 11 days since we landed in Tonga, and 8 days with our host families! I live with a wonderful woman named Fane who is also 27. Fane’s husband is currently in Australia working/visiting family, so Fane and I definitely have a roommate type situation happening. Something that I’ve learned over the […]Read more "Thoughts from my first week"