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Carla Sinclair and Mark Frauenfelder

Hiking Up the Volcano

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) Sarina’s new school sits on the side of a green dormant volcano called Mt. Victoria. Even in......

The House Call

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) Little Jane is sick. She’s been sneezing and coughing with rattling breath for two days, and now......

The Pickup

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) I’m at the Rarotonga airport with Hank, a stout, good-natured cab driver, who’s helping me pick up......

Kookoo for Coconuts

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) Mark’s obsession with ukuleles has been replaced by a fascination with coconuts. It’s all he talks about......

'You’ve Got Ringworm'

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) In the morning I take 4-month-old Jane for a walk. She falls asleep, and I leave her......

The Welcoming Dance

(In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted themselves from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them.) Once a week the island holds a dance lesson, and it’s free. We enter the National Auditorium,......

First Day of School

In June 2003, journalists Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair uprooted from Los Angeles and moved to the South Pacific. Their first stop is Rarotonga. They brought their two young daughters with them. For more background, read their first report. Three days into our new life on the island of Rarotonga,......

Rarotonga or Bust

Illustration by Mark Frauenfelder The house next door to ours has ropes tied across its rusting tin roof that lead to stakes in the ground. Hurricane season won’t be here for another four months or so, but judging from the green algae growing on those ropes, they’ve weathered at least......
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