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Archive for May, 2009

Pictures from my parent’s trip, part 2

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 30, 2009

Here’s the second batch of pictures, Part 3 will include pictures from when my parents went to the home village, and then Part 4 will probably be the last one. Enjoy:


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Pictures from my parent’s trip, part 1

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 29, 2009

So my parents came and left already, but they left me with alot of pictures. I’m going to try and post some of them, but this will have to be a multipart series. So here goes the first round:

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Back to School

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 26, 2009

So eventhough its still technically a school break for the next two weeks, the year 12 and 13 students have been coming in, which means that I might as well teach them. Only about 25% of my students have actually come to school, but still I might as well educate the ones that try (the one’s that are coming are top percentile with a couple of others).

The past few weeks have been a blast. I had a great time with my parents, which included a trip to Savai’i and around Upolu. Pictures will be forthcoming, because I have an obsene amount to sift through. Early service was also a good time, eventhough by the end most of us were getting physically sick. Anyway, expect some more pictures in the next couple of posts.

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Mother’s Day and then my Parents Arrive!

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 13, 2009

So this week has been very good so far. This weekend I went back to the training village to be with my Samoan Family for Mother’s Day. In Samoa, Mother’s Day is taken very seriously, with a lot of activity around the church. There was morning church, as usual, and if I understood Samoan better I would probably hear some kind of sermon on Mothers, I’m guessing devoted to Mary. Then at afternoon church, people put on a show, dedicated to Mothers. The children did plays, while the Mother’s did dances. Supy’s Grandmother also played the ukulele. Pictures below.

Then today, my parents arrived from the USA for their vacation. Me, Cale and Sara went the airport in the wee hours of the morning (Sara’s parents were on the same flight) and I spent the rest of the day showing them around Apia and then to my house. We went to a traditional dance at Aggie Grey’s in the evening. Tomorrow I plan to go with them to Savai’i. I am very excited that my parents are here, but unfortunately they’re only here for a short time (they leave on the 18th). On Saturday I will be taking them to the training village, so they can meet my host family, and be treated to a traditional Samoan meal. Hopefully we’ll be able to squeeze in some hiking, the Robert Louis Stevenson museum and/or the baha’i temple in the other days. And below are also some pictures of me with the fam!

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Culture Day at LFC

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 12, 2009

So last week was the last week of the term 1 (like a semester) at my school. On Thursday we had “Culture Day.” The school was split in 4 teams, and they competed in several aspects. All teams were expected to prepare traditional Samoan food, present the food to a panel of judges, and then put on traditional Samoan dances. I was put with the red team, and we got first place in preparing some of the food, like the chicken and fish, but not the pig. I think we also got 2nd place in our dances, but lost to the yellow team. It was a pretty interesting event. Below are some pictures:

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Cinco de Mayo on Savai’i

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on May 5, 2009

The internet was giving me problems when I first posted this. Now all the duplicates should be gone. So yea, the Peace Corps got together in Savai’i last weekend for cinco de mayo, eventhough it wasn’t the 5th yet. I stayed friday night at Supy’s house, which has an awesome waterfall located right by it. Saturday during the day Supy, Jordan, Blakey and I spent the morning there, swimming and jumping off of some overlooking cliffs.

That night a¬†flock of Peace Corps got together at Lusia’s, a bar/hotel near the wharf in Salelologa Savai’i. Lusia’s is a great place, it is right on the water, complete with a pair of platforms for diving. We had dinner and drinks there, and other debauchery Teuila (our Peace Corps Medical Officer) will not be informed of. All in all a great night.

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