Malo everyone! I have written about 6 blogs since the weeks leading up to Christmas and beyond, but unfortunately my computer and the computer here in the office both have many virus's. The virus's aren't debilitating until they combat each other, resulting in no new blog posts for me until I can tap my computer into a wireless source somewhere. Chances are good that will happen next week. In the meantime, here is a brief summary of life on the island.
Christmas: full of BINGO, BBQ's, and TV. Not too shabby.
My Birthday: Went to town and was treated to lunch by Ali and Lili. Returned to my village and had ice cream and beer with my "host family." Overall, it was a nice, relaxing day. The real party was New Years, and I don't want to spoil that blog post, so in the meantime, imagine pristine water, a beautiful sunset, and lots of fun times.
I made the discovery that there is a pizza place about a half hour bike ride from my village. SO naturally, I had to check it out. I waited and waited and then one day I woke up and decided I just couldn't wait any longer, I needed some tomato and cheese action! I got on my bike, pedaled for a solid half hour under the blazing sun, and when I finally reached the heavenly pizza joint, discovered I had forgotten to bring my money! I sat down in defeat and drank three bottles of water with the owners wife before turning back. On the ride home, I was chased by a vicious dog who took a few snaps towards my leg. I kicked him in the face and as he ran away learned the importance of carrying rocks on my bike in the future!
The pizza story is not a total failure though. Yesterday Jim biked over to use my totally un-advanced computer system. Since pizza is on the way back for him I tagged along for the bike ride and finally got some of my long desired pizza. Mushrooms, cheese, and all. It was delicious. And no dogs chased me on the way home, so it was well worth the effort.
Ok time to go check out the market. I have been inspired by yesterdays good eats and I am putting an end to the daily tuna lunches! I am going to get lots of veggies and start eating (somewhat) right.