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A very personal list of things I love about Savai'i

Published on 5th January 2015


A very personal list of things I love about Savai'i

Laughter and big smiles. Everywhere, all the time. Savai'i people are always laughing or waving a welcome. Read More

Christmas, past and present

Published on 24th December 2014


Christmas, past and present

VSA asked us to write something about Christmas – either in the country where we are working, or other memories, plans or festivities. I woke up very early this morning, thinking about this. Read More

Christmas in Samoa

Published on 22nd December 2014


Christmas in Samoa

I have been checking out Christmas plans with Samoan colleagues and friends.   Read More

Meetings in Apia

Published on 15th December 2014


Meetings in Apia

We took a trip to Apia for some meetings. This is how the day went. Read More

Work and play

Published on 12th December 2014


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Work and play

There's always a mixture of work and play to be had while on assignment... Read More

My favourite tastes of Savai'i

Published on 10th December 2014


My favourite tastes of Savai'i

If you are lucky enough to visit Savai'i, make sure you try: Read More

An ex-postie in Vanuatu

Published on 9th December 2014


An ex-postie in Vanuatu

Delivering mail in Vanuatu is a tricky job as no one has letter boxes. I have not seen a postie delivering mail over here! The nearest thing to a Postie is the VARTC driver who clears the PO Box a couple of times a week and then personally delivers any... Read More

Coffee connoisseurs

Published on 7th December 2014


Coffee connoisseurs

For all you coffee connoisseurs, I think I have already mentioned the ATTAR café for really good coffee. The Baristas are really artistic and on a good day you can end up with coffee that looks like this. Read More

December in Tarawa

Published on 4th December 2014


December in Tarawa

After seven months in Tarawa, you would think that I would have stopped dripping sweat every time I do something – anything! Alas, that’s not the case. Even sitting behind my desk at home means mopping and finding ways to keep my laptop dry. Read More

Island expedition

Published on 4th December 2014


Island expedition

On Thursday, Rufino asked if I wanted to join him on a visit to two islands just out from Luganville: Tutuba and Aore. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Teresa Bulger on Tarawa: an introduction
    "Hello Gerda:
    We are planning a trip to Kiribati from the USA and would like your advise about where to stay, what to see and how long. We would like to see outer islands, WWII relics as well as the north and south island. Please email us at
    teresa.bulger@icloud.com" - Teresa Bulger
  • Comment by Geoff on Who is this man called “MacGyver”?
    "Good on ya mate. Kiwi ingenuity rules." - Geoff
  • Comment by Wendy on Work and play
    "Ah yes Brian, great weekend and looking forward to the Christmas drink..kia ora NZ.." - Wendy
  • Comment by Michelle on Kaukau banana bread, plus coconut and peppermint chocolate brownie
    "The picture of the bread already makes me wonder if you can substitute kaukau for Taro / Singapore -( a bougainville local root plant like Kaukau). Oh! and have you tried the recipe of galip and a green leaf ( Not quite sure of the name - its a local dish from Central Bougainville). What you do is lay layers of galip and greens in a pan / baking pan, ending of with the greens, when you bake it it becomes like a biscuit but melts in your mouth, its delicious. Ask someone from Central Bougainville -Arawa /Kieta for the recipe. Oh! and you need to check if galip is ok considering having coeliac. Galip is a nut, but it is rich like peanut. " - Michelle