I am realizing now, Una and I never took a “we did it!” photo. Oh well, we shall make the effort next year. But yes, we have come to the end of a very successful field season, if I do say so myself. To recap, that means 45 eventful days in the field and the use of (at least) nine trucks, five taxis, three buses, two planes, and one ferry (and no I couldn’t think of any mode of transportation we used only 8-6, or 4 times). And too much fish, dalo, cassava, and coconuts It also means a few sick days and many laughs catching up with friends on our breaks in Suva.
But before we came to the finish line, we did have the whole of Viti Levu to survey before we could finish, so that is what I’ll talk about here. I suppose it’s not the whole of Viti Levu, but the villages we work in at least, which is still half of the field sites.
So on August 30th, after about ten days break in Suva, we headed up to the North side of Viti Levu, Nakorotubu Ra specifically, to visit three villages we work in and collect the nutrition data I talked about in the last post. Again, we had a great time in Ra. Lots of great fish and company, and the data collection went very smoothly. We probably all played a little too much ukulele, but is there really such a thing?
After we finished in Ra we took the bus back to Suva and prepared for our last two village sites in Rewa. We originally intended to also stay in the villages in Rewa while we did our data collection, unfortunately however one of the villages lost their water supply as so we had to commute to and from Suva to the village for that village. The last village we went to had their water supply intact and we were able to stay in the village while we worked.
The villages closer to Suva, the country’s capital city, are very different from the other villages we visit. While all places are unique, the villages in Suva stand out especially because of their proximity to the city center. Many people in these villages work in the city, commuting for work daily. This leaves them less time to work on their farms, and more cash incomes to spend on other food stuffs. Consequently, their diet is much different from the other villages’ diets. Our work schedule also changes drastically when we work in villages closer to Suva because instead of being able to work with some women during the day, we usually have to wait until the evening when they come home from work to talk with them. It is a pretty big contrast to the rest of our sites but all enjoyable just the same.
I am now back in the US and will be working on entering and analyzing my data for presentation to the communities when I return. More on that later! Scroll down for some photos.