Simple life, beautiful people

By Deidre Fanene ,

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Angie Schunke and Beate Evers travelled 48 hours from Germany to experience the simple life of Samoa.

WELCOME TO SAMOA: Angie Schunke and Beate Evers travelled 48 hours from Germany to experience the simple life of Samoa. (Photo: Deidre Fanene)

“Simple life and beautiful people.”

That’s how Angie Schunke and Beate Evers of Germany describe Samoa.

The pair spent 48 hours on airplanes just so they can come and see what Samoa looks like.

Yesterday, they mixed and mingled with Samoans during the celebration of 55 years of being independent.

“It’s such a beautiful island,it’s really nice and beautiful people,” Ms. Schunke told the Samoa Observer.

“This is the first time we visited Samoa. It took us 48 hours to get to Samoa but it’s all worth it.

 “We have a friend here who will be taking us to Savai’i because we’ve been told that if we don’t go to Savai’i then we definitely have not been to Samoa.

“And so we will be here in until Saturday and then we will head to the big island and spendtwo weeks there.”

Ms. Evers went on to say that Samoa is different from Germany in so many ways.

“It’s different in terms of the culture and family environment,” she said.

“Here I see the whole family get together and spend time together with each other but back at home we only see these kinds of gatherings on special occasions.But here it’s like every day and that’s very beautiful.

“Another difference is the food, at home we get more westernized food but coming here most of the food are Samoan food especially the raw fish with lemon and coconut cream.

“Now that’s yummy, the fish is fresh and the way Samoan people make it makes us want more of that.

“It’s such a simple life.No stress and that’s all that matters.”

People also seem genuinely happy.

“Happiness is so important. Back home we worry about work and money to pay rent and everything else

“So it’s just wonderful to be here and learn the simple life of Samoans and the way they live.

“We wish it wasn’t so far away from Germany otherwise we would have come here every year to relax and live as Samoans.”

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