Tappoo City Fiji

Suva

Coming to Suva, the capital city of Fiji, feels very strange to me. When I first came to Fiji in September, Suva felt like the capital of an underdeveloped country—small in comparison to even the smallest American cities, with few of the consumer options I was used to. Now, arriving…

Fiji Primary School

Letters From Tawake Primary School, Fiji

Not long ago, girls from Brownie Troop 60572 sent letters to the children of my village. The kids in Tawake Primary School, the school in my village that caters to students from four villages and one settlement, loved receiving these letters. They were so excited when I told them that they would be…

Tawake Class 1-3

Letters From Brownie Troop 60572

Earlier this year I was told my cousin Sarah’s brownie troop wanted to send me a package with goodies for the children of my village. Since I just started teaching Kindergarten, this was the perfect gift. It took a couple of months for the package to make its way to…

Cat and Rat

The Rat-Killer Chronicles

Pee Scared Into Me Today I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Musashi was hungry, and when he does not find food at night he likes to wake me up early, in the hopes that I will feed him. I lifted my Mosquito net and got out of bed. It was…

Sweeping in Fiji

Menial Tasks

In Fiji, most things are a bit more difficult than they are in America. A Fijian I was speaking with summed it up nicely when he said, “We struggle. Not like you people.” Take doing the laundry, for example. In America, for everyday wear like jeans and t-shirts, we throw…