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Happy Holidays!

We just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and families back home!  This year was our second turkey day in Tonga.  A group of Peace Corps Volunteers got together for  a pot-luck dinner to celebrate.  We all tried to make it as “traditional American” as possible, with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.  I don’t know that it felt like a traditional Thanksgiving for anyone, (it’s too hot!) but it was really a fantastic get-together.  A handful of the new volunteers were there, and it is just so nice to have some new friends and faces in the mix!  We are all looking forward to getting to know one another and welcoming them to Tonga!

I just wanted to say a special thank you to Marcel Walker. Ms. Walker is an American photographer who was traveling in Tonga.  You can check out her beautiful photography at http://marcelwalker.us.  She had never met any of us, but brought some fantastic little gifts to all the PCVs here!  She is the fourth American stranger to essentially come to Tonga, with gifts (coffee, tea, school supplies, candy, etc) to share with Peace Corps Volunteers.  Something as small as that gives me a warm and fuzzy, patriotic feeling.  The fact that other Americans who have never even met any of us go out of their way to support our volunteer service is just amazing!  Scot and I decided that if we visit any Peace Corps countries in the future, (approximately 75 nations) we will pack some goodies for the volunteers serving abroad there.  You would not believe how much those little goodies mean to us!

I am FINALLY getting over a very torturous ear infection, and am starting to feel a little more human again.  The challenges around health care and treatment can be really daunting… Between the shark sightings and swimmers ear, I think I am going to keep my head out of the water for awhile!

Scot’s 32nd birthday is Monday!  Don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday.  Our Fiji trip is just a few weeks away, so look for some photos/updates from our trip!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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