10 Reasons Samoa and Guyana are the Same!

* Not really, but kinda Last year, a delightful twist of fate brought two PCVs together. One of us was serving in Samoa, a tiny island in the South Pacific. The other was serving in Guyana, a small country in northern South America. Their host countries spoke different languages, were vastly different in size, and…

I’m in Love with the Koko 

We all have a particular food or beverage, which from its very smell or taste fills us with love and comfort. This special treat has the power to remind us of days long gone. A simple bowl of tomato soup and a grill cheese sandwich feel me with all the warm and fuzzies. This is…

The King of Sport

  The sun has begun to droop low and the Pacific sky is awash with a splash of pink and purple. A quiet and tranquil field soon gives way to fits of laughter and music as boys from neighboring houses descend upon it. A rugby ball is being passed from boy to boy and then…

Photo Recap: April

April was an adventurous and fast paced month. Sights were scene, waterfalls were jumped off of, and my parents made their way to Samoa for the second time! The month felt like I was on the go, go, go! The beginning of the month started with round two on the waterfall hike. Victoria, myself and…

Photo Recap: March

This is the first installment of what will become a monthly post. I will simply use pictures and captions to recap the shenanigans in which I was involved over those 4 weeks. March has come and gone! My Aunt Carol was here for the majority of it living and teaching at my school with me….

A Crash Course in Samoan Cuisine

Samoan cuisine is not world-renowned, nor is it something particularly wowing. It’s charming quality is in its simplicity. Dishes are commonly made from a few hand picked ingredients, which are either boiled or cooked on the “umu.” Every dish can easily be prepared with a minimal amount of kitchenware, or none at all. The majority…

Sei What? 

Sei: a flower worn in the hair or ear  A trend we all recognize is women of all ages decorating their hair with beautiful flowers. This practice has been taking place here in Samoa for as long as anyone can remember. A sei can be worn in several ways and isn’t reserved only for women….

Oh the people you will meet

Samoa is not the best known tourist destination in the world. In order to visit you really have to go out of your way to get to here. On rare occasions I am able to travel around the island. Relaxing and taking in the beauty of Samoa is always great, but I also enjoy meeting…

Same Place, Different Year

Quick notes: I am still running Zumba for the entire school. I was terrified to do so, but I guess I don’t mind shaking my booty for 400 kids anymore. My Aunt Carol who also served in the Peace Corps is coming for a visit soon. She will be here for a month volunteering at…

A Month on the Road

I lay crunched up on a pleather sofa to the sounds of a rather rambunctious duo of ladies closing their tiny restaurant for night. The sounds of a language I couldn’t comprehend echoed off the white walls of the room.  My stomach was in hellish knots from the airline food but I was content in…

Prize giving 

Remember the end of the school year? It concluded on the anticlimactic note of yearbooks being passed out and the day spent accumulating as many signatures as popularity allowed. School comes to an end much different in Samoa. The final weeks of school are spent prepping for the grand finale, Prize giving. This celebration is…

Exploring Upolu

  Samoa is a chain of over 10 islands. It’s most developed, populated, and traveled of these is Upolu. Here you will find multiple resorts and beaches perfect to spend your time relaxing away the days, but if you are looking for a touch of adventure this list is for you. I highly recommend renting…