Sunday, July 22, 2007
Some fellow dips wanted to get together and learn how to roast a pig -- the pacific islander way! Our resident pig roasting expert, Henry, was on hand to show the gents how to do it. It's a shame but we don't have the after picture. It was tasty!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Our friend Melissa departs soon -- we're very sad to see her got but have been enjoying some fantastic parties in her honor! Last weekend, some British colleagues hosted a beach bash -- photos below. We hosted a fiesta Mexican-themed event this weekend (photos to come).
We're really luck to have made such a good friend and are looking forward to staying in touch.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Steve and Liam attended a community Fourth of July celebration at the Ambassador's residence. Good fun was had by all -- particularly Liam, who participated in his own sack race. Steve, meanwhile, served as a tough judge in the chili cookoff!
This year, Liam was at school so we decided to take a catamaran out to a neighboring island (Gabriel Island). Unfortunately, Steve's back was playing up so he wasn't able to go. I joined several colleagues and out-of-town visitors for a great day out on the sea...as you can see, fun (and much rum punch) was the order of the day!
As most of you know, I recently traveled back to the U.S. for training and a bit of vacation. Liam and Steve soldiered on in Mauritius without me. One of my first stops was chez the Tompkins clan in Hammondsport, New York -- wine country. The highlight of the trip was meeting baby Markus -- who turned one days after my visit. What a champ! In addition, we toured around, shopped, and tasted wine, among other things. I also took a dip in the FREEZING Keuka Lake (one gets spoiled in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean).
Thanks Deanna, Andrew, and Markus -- you have a wonderful home and I had a fabulous time with you!