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Archive for October 16, 2007

Lessons in Fuamotu

I decided that my last post needed a little more explaining…  Scot and I are living with a family here in Fuamotu. Kesi would probably technically be our “host mom,” but she is only a couple of years older than Scot and I, so “host sister” seems like the most accurate way to describe our relationship.  She is one of six siblings, and all of her brothers and sisters have moved abroad.  Since she has gotten on the internet, she has gotten in contact with all of them!  For the first time in a very long time, the family was able to share current pictures of one another.  Scot and I are learning so much as well.  It is almost an overload of information.  The language is unbelievably complicated, but our entire group of 33 Peace Corps volunteers are wading through it together.  Each day, I am amazed and in awe of the kindness and hospitality intrinsic within the culture.  The unique Polynesian ways are evident in the art, food, rituals, ceremonies, dress, and handicrafts.  It is an honor to be here!