Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In lieu of the holiday, Flag Day, that occurs on the main island on April 16th, Manu'a celebrates Samoan Day. Our students have been practicing for weeks, singing Samoan and Maori (indigenous culture in New Zealand) songs and practicing traditional dances. They paraded into the school courtyard in three groups as they danced and chanted songs. They performed for two hours for parents and teachers. It was fantastic!
Monday, April 19, 2010
For Easter/Passover weekend, our friends from the main island made it out to Ta'u to enjoy some hiking, swimming and relaxing. They are so thoughtful that they brought out an ample supply of fresh vegetables/bread/deserts and other treats that KC and I don't get out here- they spoil us! The entire crew consisted of: Me and KC (obvi) and from Tutuila- John and Cynthia, Scott and Taylor, Rosemary and Thanh, Kate and Julia (the latter two are seasoned outer-island tourists). We had an amazing passover seder, a great drive through the national park thanks to Saonoa, some acoustic guitar, fishing and an all-around great time!
We were so sad to see them go on Sunday. Little did KC and I know....it would be for longer than we anticipated, as just a few days later, the plane to our outer island caught on fire and has been grounded ever since (at least I wasn't on it when it happened??). KC and I have been trying to get back over to the main island (especially now since KC's best friend from home, Sky, has arrived in Pago and is trying to get out here). It's been really hectic- and I'll keep everyone updated on the plane situation. As for now, I really am stranded on this remote little island in the middle of the Pacific. *gulp.