While I'm excited about the future, I'm nostalgic about the past and my time in Samoa. I DVR'd Bizarre Foods the other day and started to watch it last night. What a surprise - it was about Samoa. I didn't watch but instead saved it so I can watch it with friends this weekend.
Instead, I looked at some photos I took before I left the village last November. It seems so long ago in many ways.
|One thing I DON'T miss is the almost always packed bus to the wharf.|
|There's no "p" in the Samoan alphabet, so they have trouble discerning the difference between a "p" and a "b".|
|I brought some candy back from Apia for the teachers. As with all food, it was carefully divided.|
|Tulouna and Tivoli - two of my favorite Year 8 boys. They made me smile every day and were always willing to help.|
|The view from where I usually sat during interval.|
|I introduced the kids to the idea of Halloween and trick or treating. They had fun with it and wore the masks for weeks after.|
|Two of my friend Mafa's granddaughters. The older girl is smart, cheeky and has such potential. She has an irrepressible spirit and was my faithful companion.|
|One of Mafa's only grandsons, Lua. He's a master tree climber and frequently climbed the tree next to the school to fetch me tipolo (lemons).|
|This is Mafa and the beautiful mat she made for me as a going away gift.|