Couple realise their Samoan dream

By Aruna Lolani ,

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HAPPY 55th ANNIVERSARY: Ralf, 78, and Jenny, 77, from Brisbane, Australia.

HAPPY 55th ANNIVERSARY: Ralf, 78, and Jenny, 77, from Brisbane, Australia. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

Jenny and Ralf Andrew, from Brisbane, Australia, are in Samoa for a very special visit.

Here to celebrate their 55th anniversary, they chose Samoa for a very special reason.

It dates back to their childhood. 

Jenny and Andrew have shared a dream that they wanted to achieve one day and by good fortune, that dream involves someone who is a big part of Samoa. 

“We chose to come because when we were children, we were in the same class at school. And we had this reading book and it tells a poem about Robert Louis Stevenson called ‘Under the wide and starry sky’.

“We said, wherever this is, one day we’re going to see that.”

It might have taken many, many years, but that doesn’t matter.

“So it took us a long time to get here, but we’re here now and we will be visiting Robert Louis Stevenson soon,” Jenny said.

The couple are staying at Taumeasina Island Resort.

“The weather is very hot but then you have to get out during the coldest part of the day so you can wonder around every block. 

“We like walking so we always walk this way and watch the lights and boats at night. We also walk here to watch the Mulivai Cathedral. 

“Samoa is just fantastic.

“I think one of the best things about Samoa we have witnessed is the life of families; I mean, I think everyone is just so family oriented and we love seeing that tradition of having the father as the head of every family.”

The couple have absolute admiration about the way Samoans live.

“I think growing up, we always love Pacific Island people; they are very welcoming. 

“I mean, we have been to Fiji and Vanuatu -- and now Samoa -- and it’s all the same personality, the people are so lovely.”

Although this is their first time being in the country, they promise it will not be the last.

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