Things are beginning to feel normal, we have most of out stuff unpacked and our driveway/road is almost complete (when we moved in it was in the process of being converted from dirt and potholes to concrete). We will definitely post pictures of the house early next week. Our neighbors are great, a few times a week someone will bring by food they have just made, everyone shares and we are returning the favors the best we can. Bananas for sauerkraut seems fair right ? (They had never seen sauerkraut before us!)
It's Dad's second week at work and projects are already underway to help improve the water/wastewater systems and hopefully peoples lives. Great strides are being made to give everyone here clean drinkable water straight from the tap. A side bonus is getting to see new places on the island, here are a couple pics I took at lunch....
Mom has been super busy making the house a "home" while keeping little Noah happy. She has also begun to figure out cooking with local ingredients and made some delicious things. I am sure we will eventually begin to post pictures and tell you more about food so stay tuned.
This weekend we are hoping to have some quality beach time and unwind from the whirlwind that has been our lives for the past 3 months.
NOAH NEWS: Noah put his toes (and butt) in the Pacific Ocean for the first time! I promise to have some pictures of his pearly whites up soon. He also seems to be settling in a little more (less whining).
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: The cost of food here is higher than on the mainland, but there is no sales tax so that helps a little. Additionally, as long as you are open to the local food it can be quiet cheap and even free. For the most part organic food is out of the question, but we have been able to get organic romaine and carrots (small victories), not to mention that all the bananas, taro, breadfruit and coconuts are organic. An interesting note is that the Samoans seem to think poorly of the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Several farms here are run by Asians (Chinese and Koreans) and I have heard multiple Samoans them criticized for using such things.
Gas (at the pump) is also a bit higher, $4.25 as of June 25, 2014, and it is all full service.
The Jaskowiak Family
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