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Memorial Day Weekend in Ofu

A few weeks? months? ago, we loosely “planned” a trip to Ofu with our friend Alison (a previous WT field director who now works at a university on the main island). Since air and sea transportation have been particularly unreliable … Continue reading

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A Long Awaited Visit to the Paka o Amerika Samoa, Ta’u Island

Two years ago I visited our island’s section of the National Park of American Samoa with my second graders on a school-wide field trip. Although I really loved being able to enjoy the park with my students, I’ve always wanted … Continue reading

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Once I Accidentally Hiked the Highest Mountain in the Country

Since today is Veteran’s Day (oh, happy day brother and step-dad!), and because every single holiday is observed in American Samoa, we had the day off. We decided to spend it with our lovely neighbor, Leafa, and a local legend, … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a stranger

It is Saturday. I awake to a voice just outside my window. “Cat. Cat. Miss. Store.” Somehow in my abruptly-woken state I recognize the voice of one of my students. It’s not yet 7am. “Come back later,” I manage to … Continue reading

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Spring (Fall?) (Rainy Season?) Break!

Well, school’s out and you know what that means: one glorious week of the Big Island, internet, and restaurants! Yay! Wes flew in to Tutuila on Wednesday to attend the island-wide Science Fair with his students. (One of his kids … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Huka Falls, Faerie Land, and Hobbiton

Scroll to the end for more photos. Click on photos to see larger images. Well, we’re back from Middle Earth. Our trip to NZ was incredible. It’s hard to pick what my favorite part of the trip was (okay, it … Continue reading

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing, NZ

Click on the photos in the gallery at the bottom of the page to view larger images. After two lovely days gallivanting around Wellington, we picked up our car and headed north on Highway 1. Driving on the wrong opposite … Continue reading

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Christmas in New Zealand

Well, we made it to New Zealand! We left Pago Pago, American Samoa at 9am on the 22nd for Auckland, New Zealand via Apia, Samoa, where we had a short layover before our 1pm flight to Auckland, NZ. We arrived … Continue reading

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This is (American) Samoa

After several frustratingly unsuccessful attempts to leave Ta’u, we finally made it to Tutuila on Sunday. We had a lovely two-day WorldTeach mid-service conference and now we are free to frolic about on the paved roads. Our first order of … Continue reading

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Ofu and Olesega

Right after school ended on Thursday we hopped on a little boat and headed to the neighboring islands of Ofu (O-foo) and Olesega (O-luh-sang-uh) for the long weekend. It was only about a 45 minute ride and the water was … Continue reading

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