Showing posts from February, 2009

Seaside bliss - Samoa.

As soon as our travelling debacle had been solved, we felt a huge weight come off our shoulders, and it is only after that point that we really felt that we had truly landed in Samoa. As soon as we walked out of the Polynesian Blue office, which was right in the centre of Apia, we breathed in the fresh air, and walked along the waterfront. The walk takes you up and around the Mulinu'u Peninsula, which stretches out into the South Pacific Ocean to the north west of central Apia. It was a great way to "start"our trip, as we were able to observe much. As in any country, its waterfront usually boasts a lot of activities and is a great place to people watch. Although it felt quite warm, and we wearing sunblock, it was very windy, which made it feel not so hot. Having said that, we would later learn, that we had slowly fried!

The Samoans really are a friendly bunch of people, and are always quick to greet you with talofa, which is the island's version of hello. The officia…

These are times of fast foods,but slow digestion!

I usually end each of my entries with a quote, but this time, it is the way I will begin:

"We have bigger houses but smaller families;
We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgements;
more experts but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity but short on quality. These are times of fast foods,but slow digestion; tall man, but short character; steep profits, but shallow relationships. It is time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room." - The Dalai Lama
I found this a few days ago, as I was searching for a quote for our last blog, the first of our Samoa blogs. I read it the first time, and felt a knot in my throat; I read it a second time and felt a throb in my solar plexus; I read i…

A total and complete balls up!

Christmas at home? C'mon, give me a break! I'm already conforming to the world of work and employment, ain't that traditional enough? With the opportunity of almost two weeks off over Christmas and the New Year, I knew that it was only a matter of "opportunity". The question was, what opportunity? The one that went...."where will we go this time?" To be honest, I began thinking about this "opportunity" not long after I began my new job in June 2008, and as soon as I knew that we would have time off over Christmas and the New Year.

So, how and why did we pick Samoa? Well, we had already decided that we would be going to Ecuador and the USA for 4-5 weeks in mid-2009, so we wanted something that was clearly not too expensive, wasn't touristy, and we'd never been to before! Before too long, we came up with the Pacific Islands, and through a process of elimination we ended up with Samoa. But it was cyclone season in December! Yeh, so it was,…