Saying my first goodbye in Samoa
Today we left the training village to go to Apia for the week before heading off to our permittante sites. Very very very difficult to say goodbye!
I LOVED that all of us Volunteers were in the same village for training, which they have not always done in the past. It felt like a huge family (which I believe most of them were related) and it was really nice to know I could go ANYWHERE in that village and be at home. EVERY SINGLE FAMILY LOVES US! Just from my walk to school I would receive over 20 "Malos," "Where are you goings" "Come and eat" and "Have a good day" and that is just on my WAY to school.
Some of my favorite days are watching volleyball and playing skipping around from fale to fale saying hello to everyone in the village.
|One of the MANY goodbye |
dances performed for us
|Partying it up!|
After the party Lou and I (we are in the same family) gave our goodbye speeches to our family and everyone exchanged gifts. After all the individual photos were taken we played Uno.
|My Uno boys|
Tina, Sili, Essi (who just got injured by a chainsaw!)
and of course my brother Mareko!
I don't think they have experienced this type of sadness before. Normally when people leave their lives it is goodbye because of death or goodbye because you are moving to New Zeland or American but eventually you will be back... Goodbye forever is not something they are probably used to saying.