Oh Happy Day!

After almost a week in Yap, sans luggage, I headed to Pohnpei to meet up with the accreditation team at the National Campus on the island of Pohnpei. Tough trip as I left my Yap hotel at 1:15 am, flying all night and arriving in Guam at 5 am. But hallelujah! I got my suitcase! …

Dancing in the Village

After the morning with James, I had yet another special opportunity. I got to experience traditional dancing in one of the local villages, thanks to one of the deans at the COM-FSM.  Her young daughter was dancing that day, and she’d thought I’d enjoy it.  I did. A lot. In the villages, everyone dances. Everyone.  If …

Traditional Dancing in Colonia

Saturday continued with sensory overload as traditional dancers performed in the town of Colonia.  Beautifully adorned dancers of all ages, danced and sang to rhythms centuries old. Their costumes are made entirely from plants, dyed in beautiful rich tones.  And most were made by their mothers!   hhh

Sunrise and Sprinkles

  Saturday brought my final day in Yap and I planned to take full advantage. On the docket were a sunrise shoot, traditional dancing, and maybe even a sunset shoot before heading out the airport at 1:15 am (that’s not a typo) to catch my flight to Pohnpei. Late Friday night, I asked the front …

Fisheries and Maritime Institute

Friday brought a trip to the college’s second campus on the island of Yap, the Fisheries and Maritime Institute known as FMI. This campus is home to approximately 50 students from all over the world studying to get a Master of Vessels, Navigation, or Marine engineering degree. Run in military style, with “yes ma’am” and “no …

Visiting the Yap Campus

On Wednesday, I visited the Yap Campus of COM. I hosted a well-attended open forum and met with faculty, staff, and students. The campus consists of five buildings, vegetable garden, volleyball court, and gathering areas. A few photos are included below. Classroom were impressive. This is a science classroom, note the windows designed to withstand …

Arrival in Yap

I said Micronesia is far far away. It is. After flight delays, rerouting, and over 24+ hours of travel I arrived on the island of Yap. Stepping onto the tarmac into the hot and humid night air, we were met by a striking Yapese woman in traditional dress complete with a tiered grass skirt and …