Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Maps Are Back...Sort Of

We're on the road again, and it's time for the maps to be back. However, I no longer have Illustrator on my computer, so the maps are going to be a little low tech this time around.

Monday, July 17, 2017

T-Minus One Week?

It's Monday and in seven days I'll be in Samoa...on Tuesday. Important travel situation here people! How do you do a countdown and cross the international dateline?

Samoa hasn't always been a day ahead of the US. When we were there a decade ago, Samoa was on our side of the dateline. It actually had the distinction of sitting smack dab on the dateline and celebrating the last sunset of every year at its westernmost edge. When I provided people directions to come visit us, I'd tell them to take the equator west to the international dateline and turn left, you'd find us after 12 degrees of latitude. Those directions still hold, but now, after switching sides of the dateline, Samoa sees the first sunrise of every year - rather than the last sunset.

Samoa is very fond of switching sides of things. While we were in country as volunteers, they switched the side of the road they drove on. The switch actually went off without much of a hitch. Thanks to this switch, I have had the joy of driving a left-hand drive car on the right side of the road AND a right-hand drive car on the left side of the road. Driving on the side of the road you are used to is way easier regardless of where the steering wheel is located, imho.

Anyway, in prepping for our trip, it's time for another flashback. So what were we up to nine years ago today? Well, it appears someone had left most of a dead cow in our neighbor's driveway.  I don't want to surprise people with this image, so I am not posting it here. Check out the cow on the flickr.

And what were we up to eight years ago today? As it turns out, we were on vacation and I wouldn't blog for another four days. We beach vacationing where we took a pretty iconic photo from our time in Samoa.

FaoFao Vacation

From the blog though on July 15, I was taking note of the interchange of letters and the prevalence of gangsta culture in Samoa.

One more week...ish!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

T-Minus Seven Days

One week from today we'll start our journey back to Samoa. We were last there on November 30, 2009.

We'll be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our training group's arrival in Samoa (in October 2007). But, more importantly, we'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps in Samoa. Well, that is the reason we were able to get more than a dozen of our RPCV friends back together in country. But, let's be honest with ourselves, we'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary on one day. The rest of the two weeks we'll be in Samoa will be waterfalls, beaches, and shenanigans.

As we prepare for the trip, I thought I'd do a little look back in time. As it turns out, we received our invitations July 17, 2007 - so the timing is fun, but 10 years ago today, we weren't in Samoa yet. So let's see what we were up to 9 years ago today....

It looks like it was the annual Samoan Methodist gathering in Faleula. Our home in Samoa was the equivalent of the Vatican for Samoan Methodists (which is different than other Methodisms) and every year the Samoan Methodist churches around the world sent delegations for the annual meeting to our town. I took the opportunity to define the Samoan word for meeting, fono, on the blog.

Any who, t-minus seven days until we get on our flight to San Fran and meet up with the first RPCV in our travel squad, Diplomatt. Maybe he will revive his critically acclaimed blog in honor of our return as well.