29/6/2010



On my last few days in Tonga, I returned to the main island and relaxed in a near-abandoned beach resort.  As I was the only guest, I made fast friends with Ivan, the security guard, and Rachel, the barkeeper.  I got to learn a lot about Rachels life and hopefully she’s taken something from me.  Ivan invited me to be To’a for one of his Kava parties, and I was happy to agree.  To my surprise and dismay, Ivan’s friends don’t show up to the party but a room full of 20 something single men do!  All attempted courting aside, it was a fun night.  On my last day I met up with some of my WWOOFers and we all played volleyball together one last time!

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On my last week in Tonga, I went over to ‘Eua, the closest island to Tongatapu.  I was lucky enough to meet a group of Americans who were planning to stay in the same guest house, and spent the week with them!

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Kava is a traditional drink in Tonga and the Pacific.  The drink is a ground up root, mixed with water and served in coconut shells.  In Tonga, men most commonly drink Kava.  A woman, named a To’a, is the server of Kava and the only woman at the party, which can go well into the night.  In ‘Eua, my new American friends and I were invited by a man named King to be the To’a for his party. 

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My last job as a WWOOFer was to demolish an old science building in a small university near town.  Never a dull moment!

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Our friend Anna invited us to attend Church with her one Sunday.  It was actually really fun, full of music and dancing!  The service was extended about two hours to celebrate our attendance, and we got to meet most of the people attending that night.

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0:47



The farm

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As a WWOOFer, our jobs varied from day to day.  We usually spent the day either on the farm or at the owners home, planting/weeding/watering herbs, veggies, and coffee.  This day, we got the job of fetching chickens and selling them along the road.  I wasn’t very good at the catching part, but it definitely made the day interesting!

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TONGA!!!

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16/5/2010



Well, it’s finally come to this- I am leaving NZ tomorrow!  Off to Tonga for one more month of crazy adventures.  I’m really excited to see yet another side of the South Pacific. 

I must admit, I am even more excited about arriving back home.  I am so excited to see my family and friends (aka YOU) again!!!  June 16th, get ready!!!

Once again, being in a remote island hinders my ability to communicate back home.  I figure I will be able to get online a few times, but certainly not very often.  I’ll definitely load up some pictures from my trip once I’m back home with unlimited internet access…until then, much love!

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08/5/2010



(Almost) Goodbye, New Zealand!

Pretty crazy to think, but I have just over a week left here in New Zealand.  I will be leaving for Tonga on May 18th, spend the next month there, and will arrive back in Chicago on June 16th! 

I’m super excited about Tonga.  I’ll be spending the first 2-3 weeks WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) at a veggie farm on the main island, and then will spend the rest of my time on holiday, working to even out my farmers tan (and it’ll really BE a farmers tan!)  Apparently whale season begins in June, so hopefully I will catch some cool sightings during my stay.  Did you know there are some of the most ancient archeological sites in the Pacific in Tonga??  As is it considered one of the oldest of all the settled Pacific islands, Tonga has a lot of history and hopefully I’ll be able to get a little peek at some of it. 

My stay in Auckland since my return has been a little less exciting than before.  I failed to find work for accommodation, and have downgraded my stay from Verandahs to BASE- $5 cheaper a night!  I am still catering, but without my morning work I find I have too much time on my hands and am getting quite bored!  Luckily, I am going to spend my last weekend in NZ in Whangaroa with Joel, Joel’s mom, and Judy.  I’m glad to be able to say goodbye to the place (and the people) I called home for so long during my stay here. 

In other news, the weather here is very FALL like and I must say it’s confusing me.  I’ll be happy to get to Tonga, where the heat is not as extreme as in Samoa, and then return to Chicago just as summer is developing into its finest form. 

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19:07



HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM!

Today is Mothers Day in good ‘ol N to the Z, and A big chain bookstore in the city center created this display made out of post-its so people could write little messages to thier moms and be part of the bigger ‘mom love’.  My little note is on the upper part of the first “M”

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