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I booked a ticket to step back into a dream. I’m Nakavika-bound.

I’ve been living in Auckland, New Zealand for the past two months, continuing my work with THINK Global School. New developments at work have incorporated leisure time for employees to travel within the school term. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit since February 2010, but thanks to the proximity, cost, and flexibility with work, that return to Nakavika is finally possible.

The Sweet Sorrow of Departing: Day 62

I opened my eyes as if they’d been closed for only a few seconds. Stains decorated the holey mosquito net, which now ensnared a circling bunch of blood-filled bugs. Though I’ve never been physically beaten up, I imagine the next morning would have felt akin to how I felt there, in that bed, feeling the […]

The Hell-raising Fundraiser: Day 61

What you’re about to read is the final event we took part in, created, or witnessed in the Fijian Highlands. It occurred on a Saturday, fifteen days before we were scheduled to leave the islands and thirteen days before we initially desired to leave Nakavika. It was because of this event and the clash of […]

The First and Last School Visit: Day 59

Last I left the tales of this Fijian adventure, there was a major event that happened – one which led us to doubt the possibility of our project coming to be. After issues were resolved (in the eyes of the elders), we asked the Turaga ni Koro (village spokesman) to hook us up with a ride […]

The Danger of Not Processing the Bad: Day 55

How does that make you feel? Go on…let it out. It’s okay to feel these feelings. Let’s talk about that… We all shake our heads at the shoulder-patting, “aww gee”-inspiring cliches from the psychology world, but there’s no doubt they come from a necessary concept. When the traumatic, the all-of-a-sudden, the shocking occurs, our heads […]

The Flow of a Fijian Funeral: Day 52

It didn’t matter how many times people clarified the schedule for the funeral arrangements, they never began at the designated time. It wasn’t about timing, though. It was about flow. Only when one group assembled could they continue with the next event, and with weather that echoed the widow’s eyes, every moment was contingent on […]

Hushed Voices, Broken Bones, Loud Squeals: Day 51

Jackie, you’ve come into the village at an incredibly rare time. Gare, this is big. Abel just told me Elias, Mario and Eta’s father, just died an hour before we pulled up. He had a heart attack. I’m not sure what happens next, but all the boys are stressed and silent. I asked what we […]

The Addition and Subtraction of Lives: Day 46

It was odd seeing Garrett in such sour spirits on the road. The intense foot infection he contracted sapped him of his usual energy. I had no idea how to make him feel better. He needed a breather from the project and to relax in Suva for the days between doctor’s visits, but meanwhile, the […]

Independence in a Communal Society: Day 39

Returning after our holiday, we had not only our backpacks but boxes worth of books, school supplies, and ingredients for a week of comforting menu items. Fane gave us no hint as to when she would return to the village, and we were given permission to run her household to our liking, to cook and […]

Urgency in Health and a Broken Hip: Day 36

Even if the only information one is exposed to is from cable TV and the local newspaper, Americans know what makes them unhealthy, and many continue to live as though they don’t. 34% of us are obese, so to travel globally and point fingers at people’s awareness of their own health seems little hypocritical. However, […]

Breaking Away to Rakiraki: Day 26

I’m up before the crack of dawn. My family is enjoying Christmas brunch. I’m a pack mule walking a kilometer down the rocky road toward a bald cavern – one that I must then traverse. My niece is probably opening her first present from Santa (or at least watching since her motor skills aren’t Olympic […]

And a Flying Fox in a Palm Tree: Day 25

There’s only been one other time when my Christmas wasn’t filled with earmuffs, slick roads, and airings of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And the night we left for Maui with the rest of the holiday escapists was a tad doleful as we left winter in our contrail.

Video of the Week: A Fijian School Morning

One of our last mornings in the village, we awoke early to join the kids at school, helping them brush their teeth and watching their military-esque line-up and discipline hour. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Launching The New Nakavika Project Site

Welcome to Day Four of my Carnival of Blogs, celebrating one year at Nomadderwhere.com! For those of you who have followed my most recent adventures through the Fijian interior, you know I’ve been working hard, alongside my project partner Garrett, to self-start a humanitarian effort focused on health and education in the village of Nakavika. […]

Breaking Up 2009: Day 17

Traditional Fiji is all about formalities, paperwork, and figurative curtseys. Sitting next to the Turaga ni Koro (village spokesman) one rainy afternoon, he invited us to come to the youth break-up party on Friday evening. The official invite came one hour later in the hands of one of his children. On a sheet of college-ruled […]

Video of the Week: Our Favorite Fijian Pastime

Something Garrett and I took full advantage of was the easy access to an incredible swimming spot, fit with rock jumps, mini-rapids, sand bars, bamboo for building “bilibilis” (or bamboo rafts), and tons of kids always wanting to join the fun. This spot in the Luva River is called Nabukalau, or black water, after a […]

Wai Wai Everywhere: Day 16

The aftermath of Cyclone Mick kept the skies gray and misty for the following three days. Nearby villages sent word of their damages; Nakavika was one of the luckier communities, thanks to their relocation. For decades, Nakavika sat in a nook of a river bend, level with the mighty Luva, until the mid 1950s when […]

Mick Chicken: Day 14

Peeling the rain shell off my pruning body, I layered on socks, pants, shirts and hats, using every available clothing item in my bag, and walked outside to watch Cyclone Mick blow by. [This is a continuation of Bracing for the Cyclone: Day 13] Garrett and I, both equipped with our arsenal of cameras, sat atop […]

Video of the Week: The Dreaded Infection

After seeing three year-olds throw nails around the village for weeks, we finally saw that which we were anticipating with worried brow: someone stepped on a nail…and that unfortunately fellow was Garrett. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Bracing for the Cyclone: Day 13

Various news publications reported Cyclone Mick as a battering, vicious storm, causing a lot of devastation to Viti Levu in December of 2009. BBC showed disheartening video footage of the aftermath. Al-Jazeera accentuated the death count. The Telegraph wove together an anthropomorphic description of Mick using beastly adjectives galore. All of these articles were factual, […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Eleven

Today I’m flying home. I have no other quotes to share but these…not about travel but about education and ignorance. If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can […]

The Insider’s Opinion on the Project

The other day I asked Abel, our friend in Nakavika, to write something for the website – as someone with the insider perspective on what we were doing there. Though he could have been persuaded to write something extra kind from my request, I think he wrote what potential he saw in his own community […]

Video of the Week: Elias’ Funeral

A 45 year-old man died of a heart attack at the top of the hill near Namando river. The village was hit hard, especially his widow and eight children. The entire week was a blur of death, rain and sadness. Experience with us a Fijian funeral in the highlands… Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Ten

One more week before I head back to America, flying home on the 14th. Get this – I get to enjoy two Valentine’s Days this year. Let’s take one more look at some travel quotes (since I don’t have time to check out my favorite travel blogs) before we bring an end to The Nakavika […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Nine

Once again, I fall victim to the paucity of internet in the village. I don’t know what people are writing about or what’s going on in this world. It’s kinda nice, I gotta say. I’m instead looking inward while on The Nakavika Project. Let’s make like Janet Jackson and go deep in our thinking, facilitated by […]

They Aren’t Just For Kids, Part 2

The second class occurred at Fane’s house and covered budgeting money. Four boys showed up, and I was thrilled. Their eye contact and requests to take notes made me think they were there to actually take away skills to apply. The class went something like this… Welcome to Budgeting and Money 101 Question: How do […]

They Aren’t Just For Kids, Part 1

I’m not talking about Trix cereal. I’m talking about the Nakavika Project classes we’ve been conducting here in Fiji. Within the first week of teaching the children about English and hygiene/health, the young men of the village expressed their interest in learning what we have to teach. Classes with these boys began immediately and covered […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Eight

Sadly, I’m not able to read the blogs I regularly follow, thanks to a lack of internet in the village. Instead I’m looking inward while on The Nakavika Project. Join me in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you […]

Let’s Speak Fijian!

Though I feel it’s probably a required ingredient to the “good global citizen” recipe, I don’t think I’ll ever be truly bi-lingual. Darn tootin’, wouldn’t that be wonderful? I just don’t think I have the stamina to only concentrate on one culture at a time. As my pseudonym suggests, I gotta keep moving. Instead, my […]

Video of the Week: Surviving Cyclone Mick

Two Yankees survived a cyclone that knocked out an entire city near the coast. Check out our personal storm story from start to aftermath. And yes…I know in this part of the world, this sort of storm is called a cyclone, not a hurricane. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Less Consume, More Update: Week Seven

I’ve got no clue what other bloggers are up to these days, nor the latest in news or developments in…well, nuthin’. But I’m instead looking inward while on The Nakavika Project, and I am inviting you to join in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: If you are lucky enough to have lived […]

Witnessing the Termination of Babe: Day 8

Seven children and youth members of the village crowded around Garrett’s computer as he narrated his life in another world. “This is my friend Amanda…And this is the snow I ski down every winter. We get lots of snow like this…” I dozed off nearby on my bed as each head fought for viewing space […]

Video of the Week: Village Life

While half our day is spend documenting and planning educational activities, the other half involves doing all things villager…playing rugby, working at the farm, swimming with the kids and just being a member of the community. Take a peak into village life in Nakavika. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Less Consume, More Update: Week Six

What’s going on in the world? I haven’t the slightest, but I’m instead looking inward while on The Nakavika Project, and I am inviting you to join in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: Twenty years from now you will be mor disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the […]

Getting Comfortable in the Highlands: Day 7

Lemon leaf in the morning: tea that surpasses all other attempts to comfort the soul. There’s no better way to begin a new phase of life in Fiji. We awoke from our personal bedroom slumbers to a Fijian breakfast, sitting Indian style around a tablecloth near the kitchen. With all the logistics configured with the […]

Pack Your Humor

This post was written by Garrett Russell. I had many conversation with Lindsay, who has already been to Nakavika, about what to expect. After listening to her advice I came to the realization I didn’t want to know everything. It’s nice when traveling to have a Lonely Planet guide book with you – to help […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Five

You’ve heard the story. I don’t got no internet up where I’m living. I’m instead looking inward while on The Nakavika Project, and I am inviting you to join in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark. -Kahlil Gibran A […]

The Acceptance of the Nakavika Project: Day 6

It was 9pm in the Fijian highlands. The glow of candles and fluorescent lights shone through the windows and spaces between woven walls. Kamikaze frogs darted in and out of our path as Garrett, Abel and I lugged our huge bags toward Fane’s house where half the village men and children were waiting, TV ablaze […]

Video of the Week: Nakavika Finally

From the trip’s conception through rigorous planning to a day-long trip into the Namosi Highlands, we finally got to Nakavika. Here’s what we’ve figured out thus far… Check out the next video of the gruesome pig slaughter we witnessed. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Less Consume, More Update: Week Four

I don’t know what’s going on in the world, thanks to the paucity of such luxuries as internet or power. Instead of checking out the world hum, I’m looking inward while up here in the Fijian highlands on The Nakavika Project. Join me in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: I am one […]

The Long Road to the Village: Day 4

Flying westward across the Pacific is an unsettling travel experience for a couple reasons – the main ones being deadly, cobalt waters that threaten a future stranded on an island with a friend named Wilson and the time travel that occurs with simply flying over one degree of latitude. We left LAX at 11:30pm on […]

Video of the Week: Fiji is Paradise

Since we didn’t have time to publish our NP video this week, we didn’t want you to go through withdrawal from Nakavika. This video was made on the World Traveler Internship this summer in the same location we are in right now! Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Less Consume, More Update: Week Three

Maybe some day, villages in the highlands of Fiji will have internet cafes and …wide spread power outlets. But today, this isn’t the case; there fore it’s a bit difficult to keep up with what’s going these days. I’m looking inward while up here in the Fijian highlands on The Nakavika Project. Join me in […]

Less Consume, More Update: Week Two

Thanks to a lack of reliable power or internet connection, it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going these days. I’m looking inward while up here in the Fijian highlands on The Nakavika Project. Join me in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes […]

Video of the Week: Cooking Old School in Fiji

Here’s but a taste of the good times to be had in Nakavika. This video was made on the World Traveler Internship this summer in the same location we are right now! Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Less Consume, More Update: Week One

Since I no longer have reliable power or internet connection, it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going these days. I’ll be looking much more inward, I ‘spose, while up in the Fijian highlands on The Nakavika Project. Join me in some deep thinking facilitated by some travel quotes: I have wandered all my life, […]

Follow The Nakavika Project

If you don’t know what this icon means by now, allow me to educate you, sir or madam. Actually, you should probably just click on it now. Go ahead…I’ll wait. Are you interested in following The Nakavika Project in Fiji? Surely you’re dying to know how two grads with no money and a bit of […]

Video of the Week: Two Days

We’re leaving in two days! A successful fundraiser in our wake, sponsor materials pouring in, bags packed and at the door – we are ready for this challenge to begin. Check out the previous Nakavika prep videos here: NP1, NP2 and NP3. And be sure to follow the next video as we’re fiji bound. Who […]

Consume & Update: Air Traffic, Hatred and Two Days To Go

Soak it in, boys and girls. This is the last dose for a while! This week’s good news… World Air Traffic in 24 Hours

The Birth of The Nakavika Project, Part 2

We found a deal, weighed our options and booked the tickets to a dream destination with a drive to do something new. Where did our plans for developing The Nakavika Project go from here? Establishing Our Contacts Garrett being a future Peace Corps volunteer (therefore an avid believer in their principles) and me being an over-thinker […]