This week has been pretty uneventful. I spent the majority of the beginning of the week going to DOE workshops and prepping for my move to Manu'a. Earlier this week I was told that I would be moving Saturday, but due to traveling issues, I won't be leaving until Monday afternoon. What? Monday is the first day of school and if I leave then I'll miss it? Yea, I know. This is Samoa. Turns out the first day of school is pretty optional. In fact, so optional that a majority of my coworkers won't be there either. I guess so many people come to Tutuila (the main island) for summer break and wait until the last minute to go back to Manu'a that they aren't able to get flights out. So not only will the school be half empty, but no one really sees much wrong with it. Here it is more of a matter of fact than an abnormality... which is SO FRUSTRATING. Also, since the plane is so little, I'm only allowed 44 lbs of luggage-- you're not even given the option of checked baggage. Because of that I sent pretty much all of my clothes and food over via boat. Looks like I will be living out of my backpack for longer than expected. Oh well. One thing I've learned here is to just go with the flow and laugh things off because you aren't really given any other options. Because of my extra time and the fact that I don't know what I'm teaching yet, I'm trying to find other ways to spend my time. Tomorrow I might go for a hike to a waterfall and Saturday I might head to a beach bar. We'll see.
|New Zealand- Steinlager|
Also, here's a gem of me on the first day of DOE orientation. While this isn't a full on puletasi, I'm wearing a puletasi bottom. With my hair pulled back tight, a flower in my hair, and my knees and shoulders covered, I'm looking pretty professional! (Although I think I look kind of goofy.)
I will keep you all updated on when I leave for Manu'a. Last night I had dinner with the principal of Manu'a High School and everything she talked about made me so excited to get there and start the next chapter of my life. Hard to believe that I will soon be living in a place where less than 1% of the world population has ever been to!