Samoa has a special place in Lynne Cole’s heart.
A seven-day trip turned into a vacation of a lifetime with memories that would last a lifetime.
In her last hours on the island before she departed, she shared with the Dear Tourist team her island experience.
The 73-year-old from Sydney, Australia, wished she could spend more time in Samoa.
She was in Samoa with her husband, Graham. The stories she’s heard about the beauty and nature of Samoa did not do justice to what she had seen.
“We have sons who have been here, so they loved the people and the atmosphere here on the island. We saw these lucky trips and got one so we decided to come and here we are.
“The trip was short and I am not ready to go back. We do not travel overseas much, but this is a place we definitely will come back to,” she said.
They plan to return next for the big island of Savaii.
“We will be fine on our next trip, coming here and there are no street names. We had a beautiful tour around the island.
“We saw all the villages and I took so many videos I am going to upload it on Facebook. It is good to show the people back home when they ask why Samoa.
“I used to say it is up to you if you want to go to Bali or other countries, but I think Samoa is the place that has its own time, it is a really slow place which is good for a break.”
They had been to the Tosua Ocean Trench, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and the Flea Market.
“We ate taro and also had luau on top of it. We had our first taste of ava here in Samoa. My husband loves the taste of the Vailima beer.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed this trip.”
Lynne adds they have been collecting all the newspaper by the Samoa Observer to take home with them.
“We found the paper very good and kept it to educate us to know what is happening around the island.
“It was good to have the newspaper because we were not watching any television or listening to the radio. It gave us a brief understanding of what is also happening in China and things like that, which made our trip really interesting.”