Bye bye Saane & a Pot Luck surprise


10 Ma’asi Monite

Saane never stops working!
Saane never stops working!

We popped in to say goodbye to our landlady  Saane… she was mowing the lawn when we arrived and crying as we left. Saane has been such a major part of our Tongan experience and helped to make our year so culturally enriching. I left with a bunch of coconut ‘tails’ as a gift from her so I can make a Tongan broom when I get home… if they get through customs! 🙂

This was our very last Pot Luck dinner and how amazing it was. The food was fantastic and we shared our table with Norbett a German anthropologist and Cecile and Delphine – two delightful French volunteers.

The band was superb as always, Chris was a polished MC and the surprise act of ex-student Sarabi doing a guest appearance lipsync made it a memorable farewell.

We felt so proud of our students and their wonderful dedicated teachers.

Our fellow volunteers came along to wish us farewell and support the students. They squeezed us with hugs, showered us with kind words both written and verbal… and we even had a few tears.

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If you happen to be in Tonga between March and October on the second or last Monday of the Month you MUST go to the ‘Ahopanilolo Pot Luck training restaurant… you won’t forget it!

Malo aupito to EVERYONE.

avocado and bacon salad
divine and delicate avocado and bacon salad
Fish and gnocchi
mahi mahi fish and homemade gnocchi
Simply perfect awesome melt in your mouth pear and almond tart
Simply perfect awesome melt in your mouth pear and almond tart
Sarabi
Sarabi… you still have panache
a special hug for a special ex-student... guest surprise appearance by Sarabi
a special hug for a special ex-student… guest surprise appearance by Sarabi
a wonderful performer even without the gown
a wonderful performer even without the gown
Moi, Cam, Tajeen, Meg & Haylee... just some of our fellow Aussie volunteers
Moi, Cam, Tajeen, Meg & Haylee… just some of our fellow Aussie volunteers

4 thoughts on “Bye bye Saane & a Pot Luck surprise

  1. Safe travels.

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  2. I am reading this with the tears flowing ……… cant even imagine what it may be like for you two. Take very special care of yourselves over this farewell period! xoxo

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  3. Mary Givney-Clark March 10, 2014 — 8:17 pm

    gorgeous photos to cherish Son & Gord..emotional farewells for all I am sure..although not able to visit, you have brought to life for me your work day & social times shared with the beautiful Tongan community throughout the past year. You did it! Thankyou for following through with your goal to blog daily..you have created an inspiring journal which has been informative of the Tongan culture & most entertaining…have you considered continuing this back in Orange? Can’t believe you’ll be back in Oz in only 2 nights sleep! I know you’ll be having mixed feelings..& are treasuring these days…hey, but it wont be long til you return to Tonga to visit. xx

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  4. Love the pic of Sanne so stylish even when mowing the lawn and those meals all look very yummy…….. Goodness life is going to be rather simple upon your return XXX

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