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Oceania » Samoa » Aunu'u March 30th 2009

We flew to Western Samoa for an overnight stay. The Aggie Grey Resort was lovely on the beach, Robert Louis Stevenson lived on the island wher he wrote 13 books. We visited his home which is now a museum.... read more
Beach
Robert Louis Stevenson

Oceania » Samoa February 18th 2009

From Easter Island, the next stop was westward across the Pacific to Samoa for a quick overnight stop. This was just a place to crash for the night to break up the trip to Australia. The jet landed at 1am EST, which is the time zone used in Easter Island, but we had to set our clocks back 6 hours. So in Samoa it was only 7pm. We were served our second dinner of the night and watched a show. I have to hand it to this bunch of world travellers, they stayed up to watch the show. It was a bunch of warrior-type Samoan guys banging around the stage and twirling fire; that kind of thing. The next morning, because of the time change, everyone was up at around 4 am. For the first time ... read more
View from my room in Samoa
Australian rainforest waterfall
The welcoming committee in Papau New Guinea

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia February 6th 2009

This is the place for another pin in the map. A little dot in the middle of hundreds of miles of the Pacific Ocean. It is most famous as the place where the famous author, Robert Louis Stevenson lived for the last 5 years of his life. He authored the book, Treasure Island. He moved here late in life because he had tuberculosis and felt the climate would be favorable. He and his wife died here and are buried here. His house is now a museum and is one of the main tourist attractions. That alone should give you an idea of how little of importance there is to see in Samoa. We arrived here at noon and leave again at 6:00 P.M. We are now 6 hours behind you time wise, so when we leave ... read more
Samoa 2
Samoa 3

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia December 19th 2008

The last couple of weeks has been mainly a succession of ‘lasts’ for me and Ed, as we prepared to leave Samoa. Last weekend away to beach fales, last swim, last visit to the fruit and vegie lady, last day at work, last mango smoothie, last night out on the town in Apia, last outrigger paddle, last time to see friends… Some lasts came and went without us realising, for example the last time I drove across the Cross Island Road, the main road straight over the middle of the island, was quite a while ago and I can’t even remember where I was going. Some lasts were more momentous, like hugging goodbye our friends, not being sure when next we’ll see them, and also the last forty minute drive from Apia to the airport, waving ... read more
Nights out
Namua farewell
Nights out

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia December 4th 2008

It’s mango season now in Samoa, and all over Apia you can see trees heavy with the fruit, and hundreds of overripe ones litter the ground everywhere. The smell of mangoes to me means Christmas, and it certainly feels like all my Christmases have come at once with this many mangoes available. I could eat mangoes all day every day, which is pretty much what I’ve been doing. Their juicy tastiness is heavenly and I can regularly be found leaning over the sink to eat one (or two) with the juice dribbling down my arm. Unfortunately some of the stringier ones leave you feeling like someone has just woven a rug between your teeth, but it’s absolutely worth it. All around town small mango stalls are appearing, set up by enterprising people with mango trees in ... read more
Mangoes
Mangoes
Our evil mango tree

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia November 5th 2008

Friday 19th October 2007 - Friday 26th October 2007 Toni Greenhill Blair Newton... read more
Flax Bag
Beach
Beach + Lagoon

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu October 15th 2008

A couple of weekends ago we farewelled a group of volunteers, our friends, who had finished their year here and were heading home. It was something of a milestone, as it was the first group we have seen leave that we were also here to greet as they arrived in country. Previous volunteers have left but they had all arrived before us; we’re now the longest-serving Aussie volunteers in Samoa. (See the pics of the farewell weekend at Vavau, complete with coconut tree climbing demonstrations). We certainly know the island inside out by now, helped by a recent flush of visitors. Ed’s family arrived to stay in July, toddler Jasper in tow on his first international holiday during which he also had the excitement of his first ever ice-cream. We spent a lovely time at various ... read more
Weekend at Vavau
Weekend at Vavau
Gender training

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia August 26th 2008

Die Zeit fliegt Viel gibt es nicht zu erzählen. Das Paradies ist nicht sehr vielseitig. Nachdem ich die erste Insel erkundet hatte, bin mit der Fähre zur anderen Insel gefahren. Nach einer Stunde war ich dann auf Savaii. Der erste Eindruch war, dass es hier noch ruhiger ist als auf Upolu. Im Norden der Insel habe ich mich in eine Fale eingebucht und habe von dort aus die Insel erkundet. Sehr schön, wircklich sehr schön noch schöner als Upolu. Die Strände, ein Traum. Verlassen, sauber, Kokospalmen hängen über den Strand, das Wasser warm und blau, der Sand fast weiss und die Korallen sind nichteinmal einen Steinwurf vom Strand entfernt. Viele Highlights hat die Insel aber auch nicht, sie ist ja auch nicht groß. Man schafft es in 4,5 Std einmal um die Insel zu fahren. Ich ... read more
08 13 Savaii virgin grave 1
08 14 Savaii Schildi 20
08 14 Savaii Sonnenuntergang 23

Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia August 21st 2008

Feels like a long time since the last blog, probably because it is...just been to lazy to do any major updating, and the lack of fast internet doesn't help either. Most importantly, the world trip has continued after the extended break in Australia, I finally made it to Fiji and Samoa, and there's been some important stuff happening for me personally. Where to start? Fiji was pretty lovely, we had an amazing time on three of the Yasawa islands, splurging a bit too much, considering our tight budget. But there's just no cheap accomodation in Fiji, the prices are a shitload higher than in any European country. At least, we got to stay in a real Fijian village with the locals for a couple of days, which was a great experience, despite getting eaten alive by ... read more
Fiji
Tropical village scene
Barking Gecko

Oceania » Samoa » Tutuila August 20th 2008

I know you’ve all heard our exciting news by now, but I can’t write a Pacific-life blog and not include the story of a very Pacific engagement. I think we bombarded most of your inboxes with an account of the proposal already, but we omitted most of the rest of the wonderful trip to American Samoa, so I should add that in here. It was a surprise anniversary trip that Ed had planned, and I was expecting to maybe end up on the ferry to Savaii (the other main island of Samoa), so when we suddenly turned into the airport I was completely stunned. Soon after we were peering out the windows of a tiny aeroplane looking down across Samoa, one of the most beautiful flights I’ve ever been on, with incredible views. American Samoa is ... read more
Our fancy accom
Beautiful coast
Hurrah!




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