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…"
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"
Today was Sunday! Beyond going to church, Fane and I arranged to go on an adventure around Tongatapu! I invited Briana to join us, we made a big lunch to bring for a picnic, and off we went! First stop was Fane’s mom’s home to pick up her sister, niece, and brother in law who […]Read more "do ALL the tourist things!"
Malo e lelei! I am sitting in the guest house (which is a hostel type situation) in Nuku’Alofa! We landed here after 4 hours in LAX, 11 hours in the air from LAX to Fiji, 10 hours in the Fijian airport in Nadi, and another 1.5 hours in the air from Nadi to Nuku’alofa! I […]Read more "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
Well, here I am, over a month past my last update and approx. 30 hours from leaving the country! I am feeling quite the mixture of nerves and excitement and stress and anticipation. I have my two suitcases packed (49.5 and 49.7 lbs respectively), a v. full backpacking pack as my carry on, and a […]Read more "t-30 hours!"