Bula vinaka!! We hope you are well and enjoying your summer!! … I am very jealous of those at Allaso Ranch right now!!!
Thankfully the weather has cooled off a bit, it was 74 degrees yesterday and we were actually chilled and had to put jackets and socks on. The Fijians, however, were in wool coats and beanies!! I think I am in an alter-universe….
We found out that we will be placed on a small island in between Vanua Levu and Taveuni after swearing in July 23. It is a unique island as it was bought by Tuvaluans in the 1940's because their country is literally sinking. They just became Fiji citizens in 2005. We are very excited about helping with water infrastructure and bringing in tourism. The only bad thing is we have to now learn Tuvaluan in addition to Fijian! Thankfully both will come in handy in the future when we want to talk about something "in code". ;o) We leave on Friday night to go see our site and meet our initial counterparts. It will be nice to see the actual place we will be living/working!! Everyone we talk to about the island says Matt will catch big fish in a little boat… and then we have to eat it raw. I will keep you posted on that… unless it is labeled "sushi", I prefer blackened!
We love you very much!