Hiking Marum: Tips, Tricks, and Helping a Local Economy

Tourism is a massive component of Vanuatu’s economy, its pristine beaches and untouched wilderness attracting droves of tourists from Australia, NZ, and around the world yearly. This industry, however, has barely reached SE Ambrym despite its two impressive volcanoes, Marum and Benbow. Part of the issue is a lack of infrastructure as well as lack…

Great Lakes of Fire!

From the Great Lakes to lava lakes, alien landscapes, forgotten gods, and a wild pig…. When you tackle a grueling adventure to witness one of nature’s most spectacular performances, bring a friend!

Eat, Paint, Love… and Diabetes

When I was coming to Vanuatu I expected to arrive in a land that was overflowing with exotic fruits and vegetables, to live with a coconut in my hand and a freshly caught fish on the dinner table (too bad that I’m actually allergic 🐟💀 but whatever, a girl can dream). What I expected was…

World Teachers Day

  October 5th was World Teachers Day. While this may have only been a blip on most peoples’ radar back in the States, it was something of a big deal here in Vanuatu. At least is was here in SE Ambrym. I admit that, initially, I wasn’t looking forwards to attending the celebrations, especially when…

The Tongue-Tied Laef

Many Peace Corps volunteers will tell you that although learning a new language is a challenge, trying to remember your English is a different monster entirely. Random words in Bislama will insert themselves into the conversation, often baffling both yourself and your interlocutor. It’s funny to see what Bislama words show up in your daily…

The Floor is Lava

Well world, it seems like my blog is finally beginning to earn the name of its URL: the volcanoes Marum and Benbow, residents of my home island of Ambrym, are beginning to show signs of life. And by life, I mean increased volcanic activity. On August 30th, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department raised the…