Kickin it in Apia

Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 29, 2011


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Seaside Inn

Flag of Samoa  , Upolu,
Thursday, March 11, 2010

On Tuesday we arrived at Aganoa Beach Resort, run by a nice Samoan woman and her palagi husband. 'Palagi' (pronounced 'pa-lang-gee') is what Samoans call white people - apparently it means 'people who fall from the sky', as in fly in on planes. Anyways, it is a nice place, although at 80 tala (about $40), the most expensive place yet. We had been planning to stay for 2 nights but unfortunately the weather turned and we decided if it was going to rain we might as well be in a city, and in accommodation where we didn't have to go outside to get to the bathrooms and eating area. Also, there is a 'fia fia' - a traditional cultural dance and fire show - at legendary Aggie Grey's Hotel in Apia every Wednesday, so it worked out well to come into town and see that.

The Aussie palangi guy was conveniently heading into town (Saleleloga) and offered to give us a lift, taking us to the bank (so we could pay him - we ran out of cash!) and then to the wharf. We filed onto the ferry amid pouring, driving rain and wind, forcing us to sit inside. The second the ferry started moving I recognized my mistake of neglecting to take a gravol - our previous ferry ride to Savai'i had been relatively smooth. Not the case this time. With stormy weather and huge waves the boat dove up and down several metres, and after about 10 minutes of staring at a mark on the floor the stuffiness got to me and I headed to the outside deck, even though it was raining. I spent the rest of the ride crouched in a corner staring at the ocean, getting rained on. But I felt a little better. Nick told me later that he also felt sick, and a little girl threw up a couple feet away from him, which couldn't have helped. We were both very happy to leave that boat!
 
We took a taxi into Apia and are staying at the Seaside Inn. It's basic but fine. Upon arrival we both collapsed for a nap, then went for a walking tour of the city, seeing the limited sights a city of 47,000 has to offer. We had some ice cream for the first time since we've been here, which was a treat! I'd been missing that.. for me, hot weather and ice cream go hand in hand.
Last night's fia fia at Aggie Grey's was great! It is a very nice hotel, built in the 30s and maintains that old-style class and charm. The show involved singing, guitars, drumming, and both male and female traditional dancing. At one point some of the female dancers came into the audience and grabbed some male spectators to dance on stage - Nick included! He did a good job :) The fire dancing was the coolest part, with male dancers swinging double-ended torches, sometimes two at a time, all around their bodies and throwing and catching them like batons. We enjoyed a buffet dinner afterwards and then came back to the hotel, exhausted.

 Today we had planned to do some swimming activities around Apia but the weather is still rotten so it will have to wait. Instead we are catching up on reading, writing, and relaxing (as if we really need to catch up on relaxing...).
 
We are half way through our Samoan adventure, with one island down and one to go..

 -Brooke
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Comments

Megan on

I love your blog! It's so great! I really like how you two take turns writing the updates, nice to hear two perspectives... the pictures to go along with it are great too... what an amazing experience you two seem to be having. And those huts you sleep in, wow! So cool!! I assume there aren't many bugs to bother you in the night? Glad to hear the flights and connections went all right. Anyways keep the entries coming, it's really nice being able to hear about what you're up to!

Miss yas!

Meg

P.S. England seems so much less exciting now -- thanks! :P

Jess on

I agree with everything that megan said...so i guess i really don't have much to say afterall...um...this is awkward.
I'm glad Samoa was a good time and that you are meeting some cool kids (and cats). I also can't help but notice that the blog entries have suddenly stopped. This must mean you are LOVING Melbourne. I hope Joanna will take you to Chapel Street (our old hood). Go eat at Longrain too, so delicious. Far more superior than Gingerboy.

Love to you both!

Stay Alert. Stay Safe.

camaryn on

hi! i was excited to read your blog and see your photos. i dont know how long its been since youve stopped writing but not alot of people know about samao upolu or savaii and im glad you go to go. i am samoan born and raised there and i lived there until i was 12. i havent been home since. i am 18 now. but reading your blog made cry and miss it so much. thank you:)

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