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.