25 December 2010


Yesterday was the Sabbath, and today is the Sabbath too. Yesterday was our Christmas, but today is Christmas too, a hot, muggy sweaty one with no Christmas lights, caroling, or gift-giving. Yes, Christmas in Tonga to us foreigners is somewhat of a paradox...
Making pumpkin pies

14 December 2010

Staying at the Queen's house and other adventures

We've been in the country of many names for the past two weeks: New Zealand, Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud), and to most Americans, the land of Whale Rider, The Flight of the Conchords, and of course, Middle Earth.

The best place we stayed (and how could it not be?) was the former Queen of Tonga, Queen Salote's embassy house in Parnell, an upscale area in Auckland.

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