Despite the distance of some 15,654 kilometers, this Polish couple were really keen to experience Samoa.
So they took the long flight or flights for that matter.
A few days after they left their home, they arrive.
And their verdict so far?
It’s worth the long trip, they say.
Dear Tourist caught up with the couple during the cultural tour at the Samoa Tourism Authority Cultural Village yesterday.
“We chose Samoa because we wanted to go somewhere that is tourist- oriented and just simple,” said Mr. Jaynisiow.
“We also wanted to go to a country that is Christian-oriented as well because we are Catholics and so we looked up Samoa and we saw that it has all that we wanted to see and experience.
“We arrived on Wednesday night and we are staying at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel which is very convenient because it’s close to town.
“We also saw that there will be a cultural tour and that is why we came because we wanted to learn about the Samoan culture as well as the life style.
“It’s our first day and so far so good, we learned about your Samoan food, how the people used to live and also your traditional tattoo.”
Mrs. Jaynisiow went on to say that it is very hard to find places that are just simple.
“We chose here because it’s an absolutely unique country and it’s further from Australia and Bali and from the commercialized countries,” she said.
“Here is tourist-oriented and it’s just simple and that is why we chose here.
“It’s so hard to find a country that is more isolated and it’s hard to get here as well. We are here for one week and we will be leaving next week Wednesday.
“This is our first time here and we love it because from where we come from, it’s always cold and we were looking for somewhere sunny and where the weather is hot because we wanted to enjoy the beaches.
“It’s amazing how the Samoan people live, it’s just plain simple.
“And also how extended families all live together that’s something different back home we are so used to just us and our children and when they get to a certain age they leave home as well.
Not only did the communal way of living mesmerize the couple, our umu definitely was the icing on the adventurous escape.
“Learning about how you make your food it’s just different we are so used to the oven but here looking at how you make earth oven is just amazing.
“All the food that were cooked inside the earth oven came out perfect it’s just amazing.
“This is just what we wanted to be able to go to a very strange place and learn about their living standard.”
“It’s a pity that we are only here for just a week but we hope to see as much as we can so that we can plan for our next trip and we will definitely come to spend a lot more than just a week here,” said Mr. Jaynisiow
“So far the people are just very generous, Samoan people have a great sense of humor and they really know how to crack a joke.
“It’s just funny and we are happy that we made the right choice and hopeful we will get to go to other villages and learn from there as well.
The couple said their experience was surely their ticket to return to our shores.