Samoa is like a vacation spot.
That is Elena Sise’s perspective of Samoa. She arrived in Samoa with her two children and husband.
Elena grew up in Fiji but lived in different places around the world because of her husband, who is in the military. Her husband is from Florida in the United States of America.
They have been married for 10 years and they live in American Samoa. He has an assignment in Samoa which is the reason they came over.
For Elena, it is her first time at the Taumeasina Island Resort, but her second visit to Samoa.
“This is like a vacation spot. The perfect place to have a time out and it is close by American Samoa, just a 20 minutes flight. I definitely will come again,” Elena said.
While her husband works, she will have time to embrace the beauty of Samoa until Saturday.
“Compared to American Samoa, it is different here. American Samoa is really tiny and there is not a lot to do there, while here there are many things to do.”
“Samoa is similar to Fiji. Compared to what I am used to in American Samoa and Florida in the United States where I lived, it is not similar at all.”
The family lived as well in Virginia and North Carolina in the States.
The advantage of moving from one place to another is learning about new culture.
“For my kids, they are 12 and 7 years old, it is very important to learn about different cultures. I love being in different cultures as well,” Elena said.
“The kids do not want to go back. I could imagine living here.”
“I realised the simple life here. It is not all about money like in the States. Samoa has filled my imagination with how I want to live and what is important in life and not materialistic thinking.”
“The people are more connected,” she added.
She finds similarities in the Fijian and Samoan culture.
“I love the culture; it is almost the same like back home in Fiji. It reminds me of my younger years,” Elena shared with Dear Tourist.
Since they arrived, they tried out snorkeling, playing tennis and just relaxing. Elena has been to town a few times, which reminded her about Fiji.
“It has been very nice. This is what vacation is,” she said.
“I love Samoa. The people are very friendly without expecting anything in return. The food is amazing too.”
“Here it is very open; it is a brother and sister mentality. You can go to the house next door and just ask for food, not like in the States.”
“I really enjoy everything about Samoa. I will definitely recommend it. Yesterday I was facetiming with my friends back in the States and told them already that Samoa is a place they should visit.”
“They did not even know Samoa, they have to come and experience,” she said.
Elena said they are already planning their return.