Bula vinaka! (Friendly greeting)
Ten days in Fiji, woo hoo! Currently I am living with a host family in a small village called Narocake (pronounced: Nar-oh-thack-eh), four other volunteers are in this village as well. I’ll be here for the next 2 months while I’m in training, once I pass training (fingers crossed!) I’ll be sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer and will be placed at a site for 2 years.
My host family is so nice to me, I felt welcomed since the day I came here! I have 3 older brothers, an older sister, a sister in law, brother in law, and many nieces and nephews. Everyone in the family lives in Narocake, so I see everyone almost daily! I’m still trying to get everyone’s names down, I know all the adults but I’m still learning the kids names. Now I know how people must feel when they meet everyone in my family, lol.
I took my first bucket bath here, which is exactly what it sounds like. I fill up a bucket and take it in the shower room with me! The water is cold, but it feels good when its hot and humid out! I’m used to the bucket baths already and shower 2 or 3 times a day. I also wash my clothes in these buckets, I wash my underwear every time I shower and wear my sulus and shirts until they either smell or get dirt on them.
My sulus usually get dirty from the dogs in the village, there are many running around! My family has two dogs, but they’re not allowed in the house. They giggled at the pictures I showed of Ziggy and Toby inside! I pet all the cats or dogs whenever I see them, I have flea bites on my hands from doing this but it’s worth the itchiness.
My da and one of my brothers enjoy fishing so we have fish a lot for dinner, I eat the fish usually but other than that I’ve been sticking with being vegetarian. I tried chicken my first day here and my stomach did not enjoy the meat…
Which is a perfect segue to the toilet situation, yes I have a toilet at my house! It doesn’t always flush but that’s ok, I’m just happy to have one!
A lot of different things happened in the past ten days and I could write a book about all the stories already, but this is just a quick update of what it’s like for me so far! I feel so amazingly blessed to be here and I am so grateful for this opportunity!
This is my first time blogging and I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do or how it’s supposed to be but I want to answer any questions people have so if you have any just message me on Facebook and I’ll write a post answering everyone’s questions!