We are wrapping up Day 3 on the island. The biggest challenge so far has been figuring out where to get meals. Since we are still in the hotel we are relying on prepared food and this is obtained in small shops which are everywhere you look and resemble a small inner city corner stores. Some have food, some don't, some are are good others... not so much; it's figuring this out that poses a challenge for the newcomer. Asking local people for tips is much less productive than one might imagine, since you will NEVER get collaborating opinions.
Pictured above is our Sunday dinner collaboration, that's roasted pork on the right, the green stuff is taro leaves which are wrapped up and filled with coconut milk, the white bread looking stuff is taro root and the 3 containers along the top (left to right) are octopus in coconut milk, wahoo in coconut milk and kimchi. With the exception of the kimchi this is all part of a traditional Samoan Sunday meal prepared in an "umu", and it was all very good (including the kimchi!)
We have also gotten registered at the local medical center and taken two sight-seeing drives.
TIP FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: You must be registered at the medical center (LBJ) to be seen as a patient, so to avoid doing paperwork and finding ID when your in need, visit the center soon after arrival. You will need passports, your employment contract if applicable, and patience.
On our first drive we headed East from Tafuna, which I now realize I have neglected to mention is where we are staying and where I will work. This drive consisted of many bays and beaches, we also headed UP at one point.....
On our next drive we headed West and discovered old lava flows and waves. Then we stood on a large rock where Samoans stand and sing to the Turtle and Shark.
It's all surreal at this point, sometimes we stop and look around and feel like we are on another planet! We still haven't gone for a dip, but as soon as the "to do" list is done we are headed to the beach.
NOAH NEWS: Today (June 2, 2014) Noah got his first tooth!! It's on the bottom right and explains hours of crying on our sight-seeing drives. He is still adjusting to the time zones and is ready to play at 1AM every night, fortunately I don't start work for two weeks and we can take shifts.
The Jaskowiak Family
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