French tourist says Bonjour to Samoa

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Software Engineer Sylvie Verge learning about the Samoan culture.

WELCOME TO SAMOA: Software Engineer Sylvie Verge learning about the Samoan culture.

The long distance flight was a challenge but now that she is here, French woman, Sylvie Verge, says Samoa is worth the trip.

A Software Engineer by profession, the 33-year-old accepts that Samoa is just a dot on the map. But it is big on culture and she is excited to learn the culture, find out more about the people as well as the island lifestyle in the tropics.

It’s her first time in this part of the world.

“I knew about Samoa because I love rugby and that’s how I came to know about some of the Pacific Islands such as Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and so forth,” she said.

“At the time I was already planning for a long vacation and I wanted to try one of the Pacific Islands and to learn about their culture.

“So I decided to read a little bit about all the islands of the Pacific and out of all of them I felt that Samoa is the place for me to come and visit.”

When Dear Tourist caught up with Ms. Verge, she was at the Samoa Tourism Fale learning how to make a mailo (plate made from coconut leaf).

“This is my second day here and I came down to Apia to see if there is any place I can get more information of places and maybe get some cultural understanding about Samoa,” she said.

“I found the Samoa Tourism Office and they showed me here so here I am excited to learn more about the Samoan life because one of my hopes is to learn of the life style of the people of Samoa and to explore the scenery.”

As for the food Ms. Verge loves fresh fish.

“I had a taste of fish yesterday and that was delicious,” she said.

“I don’t really eat fish back home but I love this one and it was fresh too and so far fish is my favorite.”

She is staying at the Outrigger and in two days she will be going to Lalomanu. She is here for two weeks.

“I will definitely recommend Samoa to families and friends back home and I will definitely be coming back I just need to save up.”

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