Life is cheap when school is in. Part of the perks of having a job, in addition to the whole paycheck thing, is having your time occupied so you don’t spend money. As we climb out of the Swine Flu abyss and fall back into the routine of school life, the dust is beginning to settle, and many volunteers are looking at their wallets and wondering what happened. That’s not to say that any of us broke the bank. As much as we painted the town, we only did it with one coat, and half the time we were breaking bread over 60-sene ramen in the Peace Corps office. In any case, we’ve entered back into a slow period during which volunteer presence in Apia is close to nil.
There are a couple of us around. I invited people over to my house to play Euchre on Friday night. I’m always down for a card game, and my house is cheaper than hanging out at a bar or restaurant around town. And the music’s better.
Euchre was a staple during training and still is a favorite pastime when members of group 81 come together, but every once in a while we get to branch out. Trent and Erica and Cale are avid Euchre players, and as fun as it is to keep it in the Group 81 family, it’s nice to seek outside challenges. It’s interesting how different people play with different rules. Even more interesting are the different idioms that people associate with the game. Cale and Trent introduced us to being “in the barn” when your team is one point away from winning. And here I thought you were supposed to yell, “Uno!”
Most of Saturday was spent teaching and laying on the couch. Eventually Jordan and Koa and I met up to see “The Hangover” at Magik Cinema. I liked it very much. My favorite parts were the Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” moment, which kinda makes me miss Brian, and the Rain Man homage, which I found hysterical and no one else in our theatre understood.
Jordan suggested we stop at McDonald’s on the way to the theatre for ice cream cones. The $2 WST ice cream cones are a Samoan favorite in the middle of a hot day or for a late night snack. All in all, the ice-cream-and-a-movie evening made for quite the man-date.
It rained today. Sundays in Samoa are quite a low-key affair, but if there’s one way to bring down the energy level even more, it’s rain. My plan of taking a 2-hour nap turned into a 3.5-hour nap, which I was fine with. It’s not like I had much to do anyway.
And thus a low-key, relatively cheap weekend comes and goes. And I still feel like I could use another nap.
I hope you’re well-rested. Pictures below.
Places in Apia that are Open on Sunday Night:
Italiano Pizza Bar. Opens at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. They serve beer on Sundays, but it's not fa'asamoa to order one.
Mari's Bakery and Faleoloa. Their kekepua'a is top-notch.
Farmer Joe's Grocery Store. Open 'til 9:00 p.m.
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