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Turning Lemons Into Lemon Flavored Drink….with real Lemons!

I managed to salvage the missed Tonga flight. I went to the Air New Zealand office in Apia and got the ticket changed to July 11, which is when I should be arriving back from Tokelau. If the Tokelau boat can’t get fixed before then, I can move the date up a week. I also […]

I tell ya, I get no respect

Today has not been good to me. In addition to the previously mentioned Tonga fiasco, I went to confirm everything at the Tokelau office today, trying to make the best of it. The god damn boat is broken….and they can’t get people from New Zealand here to fix it till Saturday because all the flights […]


I am NOT in Tonga. I am in Samoa. I missed the flight. I read the arrival time as the departure time. I’m off to try and salvage this at the Air New Zealand office in town.

Thoughts on American Samoa

I’m leaving American Samoa today and will be in Tonga tomorrow. I have several hours to kill while I wait for my flight to Apia, so I might as well get my thoughts down now before I leave. I didn’t know what to expect before I came to American Samoa. This is a place that […]

McSamoa’s….or, Polynesians Got Back

I’m going to combine the Samoa and American Samoa McDonald’s entry because they aren’t interesting enough to do separately. As far as I can tell, there is only one restaurant in each county. The Samoa McDonald’s is right in town a block off Beach St. and the American Samoa restaurant is out near the airport. […]

Back To Work…

I haven’t updated much this week because there hasn’t been anything to update about. I’ve done nothing. I do mean nothing. …unless watching sores heal counts as something, I basically holed up in my hotel room all week. Thanks to my amazing immune system (seriously, I seldom get sick), most of the gross stuff on […]

Green Flash Part II

Green Flash on Tavewa Island, Fiji i finally have been able to upload some of the Fiji photos. Here is the photo of the green flash that I wrote about earlier. The green flash is pretty unimpressive as a photo. Its just s small hunk of green. Its much more impressive to watch live with […]

And the winner is…..Impetigo!

So, after much review, I think what I have is called Impetigo. Here is how it’s described by the Mayo Clinic website: Impetigo starts as a red sore that quickly ruptures, oozes for a few days and then forms a yellowish-brown crust that looks like honey or brown sugar. The disease is highly contagious, and […]

Q: What do you get when you cross the smell of rotting flesh with body odor?

A: me I’m in American Samoa, which I must say, is more like Samoa than America. For the first time since I’ve started my trip, I’m in a ‘nice’ hotel. By ‘nice’, I mean “Days Inn” quality. I have hot water, internet, a bath tub, and air conditioning. I’m living large. Baseball is on the […]

Google Earth Update

Something I forgot to mention. I have uploaded a new copy of my Google Earth map. The red lines show where I’ve been and the green show (sort of) where I’m going. It’s subject to lots of change of course. The routes are only approximate. I didn’t make the lines follow the road in New […]

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My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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