Afio mai, Afio mai, Samoa - welcome, welcome to Samoa !
There remains an untouched raw beauty to the islands, and
people, of Samoa. This is a culture that can feel relaxed beyond
modern ideals one moment, and then structured and traditional the
next. The lush jungle is full of village life where the Chief
remains paramount and a collective wealth is measured not in money
but in how many pigs have been fattened for the next feast. And
these are a religious people, with a visit to a Sunday church
service a must if you want to get a sense for the essence for these
highly spiritual people.
And in Samoa, your senses will be saturated beyond normal
limits. Make sure you experience a Fiafia - an island banquet that
might include raw fish salad, taro, pulasami and charred-pork
before settling in to the dessert of baked papya, breadfruit in
chocolate sauce and mango salad. Wash it down with a refreshing
local beer, Vailima - or maybe even 2.
There is plenty to entertain yourself in Samoa, whether it is
bathing in the cool waters beneath Togitogiga Waterfall or catching
some shade under a frangipani tree Lalomanu beach whilst watching
the locals catch their dinner with no more than a handcrafted spear
and a keen eye.
And wherever you go, there is a music ! Whilst the Samoan
people may at first appear to be shy, put a guitar or hymn sheet in
front of them and the World is their stage.
Robert Louis Stevenson called this wonderful island nation
Treasure Island and it is full of hidden gems just waiting to be