There are many common things between the two Samoa’s, but one thing for sure about Apia is that you have so many options.
“There’s the beaches, the waterfalls, hotels, the famous ToSua Trench and the restaurants... there’s just so much to do,” said Imelda Langkilde Luamanu.
A college student at the Community College in American Samoa, Imelda is here for work study with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Imelda’s love of animals is formalized in her journey to practice veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injured animals.
“Since I’ve been here, I have been able to work on animals, first hand. I’ve learned so many new things with the farms here and the hands -on experience is awesome.
“Aside from work, I have been all over Samoa and then our trip to Savai’i topped it all,” she said.
“I love the beach fales in Lalomanu, something you won’t find in American Samoa,” she said.
The 20-year-old college student is to return home next Monday, so she’ll be here to witness her Manu Samoa play against the Flying Fijians.
“I can’t wait for the game this weekend. I was here when we lost to Wales and that was heartbreaking for me... no matter what, I am still a loyal fan,” she told Samoa Observer.
She’s due to graduate college this year and is anticipating a move over to Samoa for a couple of years.
“I enjoyed my few weeks in Samoa and will definitely be coming over for the long weekends.”
Imelda spoke about the difference between Samoa and American Samoa in relating to the diversity.
“Samoa’s life pace is too fast, compared to Tutuila, we are actually slow when it comes to that.
“Another interesting note is seeing the little children selling goods during school hours whereas back home, you’d never see that.
“The police will definitely take these kids in, call their parents and demand an explanation why they are not in school.
“I mean education is the key to success,” she said.