Life in Vanuatu

In Review: 2016 Year Of Awesome

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

In Review: 2016 Year Of Awesome

It’s New Year’s Eve!! I love New Year’s Eve, but this year the excitement is marred just a tiny bit (or almost completely) by the fact that I have to go to the dentist shortly for an emergency root canal on a tooth that had a routine filling three weeks ago. So a large part of my December (in among all the lovely stuff) has been three weeks of pain and painkillers and hope that the tooth would just settle down and the deep-down knowledge that the tooth was probably dying a long, slow death. The takeaway message for everyone watching at home is this: Never schedule dental work in the...

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Camping With Baby Turtles

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 7 comments

Camping With Baby Turtles

The six weeks since my last post have been 100% year-of-awesome material. Well, unless you count the nasty case of shingles Mike came down with a week after my birthday. Or the nasty case of cellulitis I came down with ten days later. This was my third case of cellulitis in less than six months. I’m now on antibiotics every day for the next 12 months. I don’t want to spend time right now talking about what a very serious, very unpleasant problem this all is, because I’d much rather talk things that actually are awesome. Like 40th birthday parties and baby turtles. So, we barely scraped...

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Easter Weekend Awesome Fun, Island-Style

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

Easter Weekend Awesome Fun, Island-Style

We’ve rocked the awesome scale over the four-day Easter weekend—a four-day weekend that kicked off with my 40th birthday. This post is so not my deep and meaningful thoughts about turning 40. It’s a: “Quick!! Upload the photos from the weekend while the kids are watching Winnie The Pooh and throw something together for the blog before real life hits again tomorrow at 5:30am.” So here is the quick, dirty, and photo-heavy Easter scrapbook post. We kicked off the weekend by leaving the boys here at the house with Cynthia while Mike and I checked into Eratap Beach Resort for the night...

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Hideaway Island and the glass-bottom boat tour (A Year Of Awesome)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

Hideaway Island and the glass-bottom boat tour (A Year Of Awesome)

We did tick a box on the “year of awesome” list in February. Just scrapping in under the wire, we hit the beaches on a sparkling February 27th and headed out to do the glass-bottom boat tour on Hideaway Island. [And in case you’re wondering why it’s taken me so long to update the blog… In the last three weeks: I’ve launched the completely redesigned long distance relationship website with a new and hip look. Mike’s been away in New Zealand for most of the time and he took a nasty case of viral conjunctivitis with him. I’ve had cellulitis...

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Exercise For Alcohol (A Year Of Awesome)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 1 comment

Exercise For Alcohol (A Year Of Awesome)

On our wedding anniversary last month, I declared this year The Year Of Awesome. Since then, our grand plans of a week away in New Zealand in March have been cancelled. Instead, Mike’s going to tack four days onto the end of his work trip and do something he’s always wanted to do—hike the Routburn Track. Alone. While I stay with the kids. And last weekend I was in Australia, hanging out with college friends I haven’t seen in years. Alone. While Mike stayed with the kids. We seven girlfriends stayed in a big old creaky house on the North Shore of Sydney, walked down to the beach, ate...

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Unpleasant Constants, Falling Coconuts, And Keeping Things In Perspective

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 0 comments

Unpleasant Constants, Falling Coconuts, And Keeping Things In Perspective

It is a painful irony that we’ve lived in some of the most beautiful tropical locations you can search out in this world during the last five years, yet my lymphedema makes it more difficult for me to fully enjoy them. My feet are on my mind right now because on Tuesday this week I came down with cellulitis. When that happens, it happens fast and quietly–sort of like a falling coconut. I was fine on Tuesday morning at 10am. At 11am, when I got up from my desk I was limping, badly. It felt like I’d strained a muscle, or wrenched a ligament (yes, while sitting down, typing. Don’t...

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Putting down some roots

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 3 comments

Putting down some roots

Dear friends, Today, it’s been six months since Cyclone Pam, and five months since the kids and I arrived here to face the mammoth task of unpacking, learning our new home-city, and making new friends all over again. Five months!! It’s gone by so fast, I can’t even fathom. But when I think about all we’ve mapped out during those months it makes more sense. I’ve learned the hard way where two different doctors are, and that there’s a decent dental clinic here. I know which of three different Chinese restaurants is our pick, and where to go to get great steak. I know where to buy...

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Behind The Facebook Photos…

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 1 comment

Behind The Facebook Photos…

It’s 6:30pm. By some miracle of miracles both kids are in bed. It’s dark, cold, and rainy outside. It feels like 10:00pm. I know many people are curious about what’s going on behind the scenes for us, so here are some snapshots of life in Vanuatu during the last week. I was at a cocktail party with Mike last Thursday at the Australian High Commissioner’s house. It was a diplomatic “do”—wine and champagne being shopped around by smiling servers, a great deal of talk about reconstruction work, and a whole roasted pig that disappeared from display at some point and returned to us...

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All things domestic in Port Vila

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

All things domestic in Port Vila

I’ve thought about posting a couple of times in the last couple of weeks but everything here (and in my head) feels like such a disorganized mash-up of good and bad, overwhelming and (barely) manageable, frustrating and unexpectedly sweet. And complicated. Everything seems to be more complicated and time consuming than it feels like it should be at the moment. I like to have a point when I write something—a bit of a theme. And we’ve got too many important balls in the air to at the moment to pinpoint one, so I’ve temporarily tossed out my need for theme and I’ll just update you...

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The Tax Of Novelty

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 0 comments

The Tax Of Novelty

You guys, we are so tired. So tired. I thought moving to Vanuatu would spawn a whole series of new blog posts. After all, novelty is often fuel for creativity for me, since I usually need to write about things to process them fully. When we moved to Laos five years ago, I posted three times a week without fail. But you know what I neglected to factor into the picture? The two children we’ve acquired since then. That, and buying a house. Oh, and the fact that novelty might be good creative fuel, but the tax of novelty is fatigue. In Laos, the fact that I was extra tired from learning so many...

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