Saturday, July 19, 2008

Word of the Week: Ta'ele


Tā'ele {tah-elle-ay}
v. 1. Have a bath, bathe
n. 1. Bathing place, bathing pool  2. Bath

Can you use it in a sentence?
Nothing like a nice cold tā'ele.

You've not had an authentic Peace Corps Samoa experience until you've had a bucket shower. Nothing says fa'a like standing outside, wrapped in an ie, dumping cold water on yourself and soaping up while people from the village wander by.

We were prepared for the possibility of bucket showers during training. In fact, the trainers demonstrated the proper way to do it. We were told that depending on site placement, we might need to take bucket showers or bath in a river or village pool. Of course many of the volunteers who come to be teachers have indoor bathing facilities of some kind. Cale and I have a cold water shower in the house (and some unnamed volunteers have hot water in their houses, jerks). But not everyone does. So, when we went to visit Gal, I got to take my first bucket shower out in the open by his water tank. Hooray!

— Sara

PS. Pictures of Sara bucket showering are on the Flickr too.

1 comment:

Barb Carusillo said...

Hey, I noted that your out fits match again....his and her bucket shower ensembles? Do we all have to have those when we come to Samoa?