Fijian Grave

Fijian Funeral

Right now there is a line of Fijians with towels outside my bathroom. I have never seen this many people in my village before. Today my village is hosting a funeral for a young woman, a teacher at the secondary school who died of Guillain-Barre syndrome. She was only thirty-seven…

Feeling Down

Feeling Down

We volunteers had a few Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) from the U.S. Embassy in Fiji come to speak with us during Pre-Service Training (PST). My training group was still very new to Peace Corps, and there were many things we did not know. There were six RPCVs speaking as a…

Fijian Paint Job

Koro Vuli – Village Primary School

Pene came over a couple weeks ago. He’s the first school-aged boy I met when I got to the village, and he speaks English really well. He came just to hang out, since we used to hang out all the time before school started. After I came home from town…

Dusk in Fiji

Cold

I just woke up and put a jacket on. I feel very cold. The temperature must be in the high-sixties. Six months ago I would have thought this was the perfect temperature, but after living in the tropics my body has adapted and I am unable to withstand anything below…

Fijian Cat Sleeping

Rats and Cats

A short time ago, I got a cat. Or a kitten, rather. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a cat person, so this may come as a shock to them. In Fiji, animals are not kept because they are cute, cuddly, or loved. They are pets only because…