Greek Islands meet Pacific Islands

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GREAT TIME, AWESOME COMPANY: Aliki Cornell (right) and her nieces enjoy the many activities at Taumeasina Island Resort.

GREAT TIME, AWESOME COMPANY: Aliki Cornell (right) and her nieces enjoy the many activities at Taumeasina Island Resort.

With a name like Aliki Cornwall, you would think it gives away a hint of Samoan ancestry.

Well you are wrong. The 20-year-old Aliki is Greek Australian.  

Aliki is an aunty to a mob of under 12 year olds and is also playing the role of au pair to them while their parents are off working in Upolu for the month. 

Whilst her nieces and nephew have been to Samoa a few times before, this is Aliki’s first time here and she thinks it’s really different but also very beautiful. 

 “We’ve been here for the last two weeks and while their parents are working at the moment, I’m babysitting these guys, it’s very different and it’s very beautiful. 

“The workers are very friendly, nice and very inviting, they do activities with us every day. We’ve been kayaking, sailing, snorkeling. There’s pool games, bingo and trivia nights. They do a lot of movie nights. “

Nine year old Leilani pipes up from the side that while being here she won a massage prize, 

 “I found it very relaxing,” she says. I asked leilani if this was a good resort for kids to which she replied “Definitely.  All the workers are my favourite because they are friendly and working”. 

They have been at the resort for 2 whole weeks and she has not been bored saying her favourite part of her stay at the Taumeasina has been “working” at the resort. Recently the staff let her help  with checking in the guests at the resort and assisting with the kayak equipment.

Returning back to Aliki, who pointed out some differences in Greek and Samoan Culture that were interesting to her. 

“ I guess the family part because we look after our families too. Other than that, its very different cultures. You guys have a lot of traditions and customs whether it like funerals where I heard all the families have to give even though they don’t know someone very well. They are very giving. It’s very different. 

Will the Greek/Samoan beauties be returning to Samoa?

“ Definitely,” says Aliki. 

“We love Samoa. If there’s somewhere that you want to go to and relax, then Samoa is the place. I’ve travelled to a lot of places like all over Europe, Bali and Fiji but this is the sort  of place to relax, just chill out.

Nothings rushed - not even our drinks or our food” she laughs, ” just come here and have no expectations of meeting time limits.”

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