My parents came to visit me during my second year of service, in December 2009. Two of the young men from a neighboring village led us on a hike to a waterfall. It was an adventure for my parents (and me!) and we all felt successful and tired after finishing the hike. But the water was cold, the sun felt great (my parents live in Wisconsin), and it made for a fun afternoon. They got to see some of the challenges of my integration through this hike, which was physically demanding, and encouraged me to reflect upon my American and Fijian families.
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