30 January 2013

Climbing Tsunami Rock

When I told friends and colleagues where we went this last weekend, the most common response was "huh?" Tsunami Rock, also known as Maka Sio'ata, is largely an unknown gem in Tongatapu. With its mysterious and forbidding name, the giant three-story boulder sits just off a tiny and beautiful beach on the western side of Tongatapu - and no one knows exactly how it got there.

The tree-sized boulder: Tsunami Rock

17 January 2013

Visit Hufangalupe: The Refuge of the Doves

Hufangalupe, the natural arch
For the last few months, we've been struggling with what to publish. You've already read about feasts, celebrations, funerals, our daily schedules, having fun, what Nuku'alofa sounds like. You've read about easy cultural faux pas, the top five pests in Tonga, cooking underground, and hierarchy in daily life. You've followed our holidays, our work transitions, our observations from globalization to chop suey

We wanted to talk about our experiences here and how they related to daily life and culture in Tonga, but surprisingly, after three years, we're largely out of material!

If there's one thing we've predictably been miserable at, it's that we've been very slow at visiting some of the must see sights in Tonga! It took us two years to visit a beautiful underwater cave pool on the island, and three to see a gorgeous natural archway, 30 minutes' drive away. So, we've set ourselves a new question: what is it like to visit Tonga, from our perspective, after having been here for a while?

This week, we'll talk about that gorgeous natural archway: Hufangalupe.

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