Reflections from Mt. Doom

"Frodo: I can't do this, Sam. Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness, and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the … Continue reading Reflections from Mt. Doom

Planes, Ships, and Motor Canoes

A few weeks ago (Nov 9-12) we took a trip to Isabel Province. We plan to return to Isabel next year for about 5-6 months of my research. The goal was to make connections in the community, share my research project, and check out the living situation. We were able to do all three, though … Continue reading Planes, Ships, and Motor Canoes

A Taste of the Island Cultures

Sometimes people ask me to describe the Solomon Islands.  They often ask: What are the people like?  What is their culture like?  What do they eat?  I always struggle to answer because the Solomon Islands are very diverse.  There are nine provinces spread over 1100 kilometers, with over 70 distinct languages.  Generally, the people are … Continue reading A Taste of the Island Cultures

One Week In

We have been in the Solomons now for about one and a half weeks.  We spent our first few days settling into our new place, buying supplies, and orienting ourselves to Honiara.  I showed Mike the central market, local shops, cafes for coffee and AC, as well as some local cuisine.  We are borrowing a … Continue reading One Week In