Bae mi Misem Yu, Vanuatu

18 10 2013

Just a handful of things I’ll be missing big wan when I leave Vanuatu on November 5th.

  • Saying “Good morning, good afternoon, good night” to every person you pass
  • Being asked where you are going, what you are doing, or why you are doing it (Some find this irritating, I find it comforting)
  • Cultural sharing, like teaching my sister how to make fried green tomatoesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • The feeling of accomplishment while hanging a bucket of clothes that I just spent all morning washing (carry to river, scrubbing, some wont be dry until tomorrow)
  • Small kiddos with big knives522894_10102043664656520_1035884211_n
  • The short legged old black dog who comes to my door every night to be fed my leftovers
  • Panda, the 2nd best treated dog in Vanuatu, who has made my house her 2nd home and helps wash my dishes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Making all communication in a 2nd language. There aren’t very many opportunities to use Bislama in the U.S.
  • The daily ocean views and sunsets
  • Living in such a tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody’s business. Again, it can be frustrating, but I also find it very comforting.
  • Eating foods seasonallyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Knowing what it’s like to really miss something- and then really appreciate it when you have it…. such as fruits and veggies that are seasonal, hot water, running water, electricity
  • The adorably filthy kiddos running around arse naked, just being kids543665_10103419670140500_104437940_n
  • The lack of materialism and racism in this culture
  • Black Man Time, AKA Island TimeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Kava, and all customs associated with drinking in this country
  • Teaching young girls things they never thought they could do. Like speak in public, set goals, and properly use condomsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • All these feisty teens, and grown boys who giggle and squeal
  • riding in backs of trucks around the islands944643_10103119574823920_953116926_n



One response

18 10 2013

It is so good to have your experiences posted here. Not only do we get to have a little bit of adventure right along with you (and reflect on how different things are here in the States) but you’ll have this wonderfully visual diary in existence to remind you of everything you experienced and accomplished. We are all very proud of you Jen!

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