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Home sweet Samoa.

It's great to be home. Love being around the family again, the laughs and the headaches. And of course, all that home cooked goodness everywhere you go. It's no wonder Samoa's health system is strained under the weight of high cholestorol and diabetes. All the bloody luau and fasi povi masima. Which I'm not above, I'll add. So I've taken it all in. The food comas, the horrid pronounciation on radio and TV, the greasy lunch hours, the humid uncompromising heat, the stories about the neighbours son's wife being lazy and useless, the coke in glass bottles and the mosquitoes. Remnants of SPG regalia still pepper the streets of Apia, the traffic snaking around looking slightly confused with RHD vehicles trickling in. Yes I'm taking it all in, and rolling around in it.

So I've been home for a week now, and it's been quite a week swinging (as things do with me) between elation and misery. I was pretty confident that I could come home and just slip bac…

We are Samoa...

Here's a drunken entry from last week...

So I'm up at 5am, painfully aware of why I've sworn off vodka so many times.

Relapse is a bitch.

Since I'm up. I figured, I might as well document how I got to this auspicious morning.

Yesterday his Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi, Head of State of Samoa graced our campus, yet again, with his presence. I saw him speak and was again, greatly moved by the man. He spoke of his job being to nurture the soul of the Samoan nation. He spoke of his work as a preservation of the essences of being Samoan, the core values (of respect, of reciprocity, of harmony within and amongst ourselves and with our environment and the cosmos... ioe, deep ah). He spoke of maintaining those essences and finding balance and context within the modern world. I had to keep reminding myself that this is not a hippie or a struggling artist or a clairvoyant talking to me about nurturing the soul and finding a balance within the cosmos, this is the He…