Poutasi, Samoa - Hard Work
Friday was really about survival. The entire group was absolutely shattered from all of the hard work and late nights that had become the norm throughout the week. However, we only had one more day to struggle through before we would get the chance to kick back and relax over the weekend. Over the day, we were working in a half-asleep daze, much to the surprise and amusement of our buddies. But there were some interesting moments to snap us out, for example, when my billet’s mother was my English teacher! That was an interesting trip down memory lane!
Coming back to the fale was also interesting; the teachers had obviously been busy while we were out. Most of our sheets were hanging out in the courtyard, and there were loud crashing and booming noises emanating from our washhouse roof. It was explained to us that the teachers planned to allow our sheets to get a much-needed wash while we were out for the weekend. To be fair, our living environment was starting to become a biohazard! The washhouse roof had also been damaged in a cyclone, and the banging was merely repair work. After lunch, we had two and a half hours to prepare our gear for our trip away, relax, and spend our money up at the Samoan dairy.
We then drove about ten minutes down the Samoan coastline to Vaiula Beach Fales, our home away from home for us to rest and recuperate away from the rigors of Poutasi life! We claimed our fales, dumped our bags, and fell asleep almost immediately.