Quality family time in Samoa

By Elizabeth Ah-Hi ,

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New Zealand German family head to Samoa for family reunion holiday: grandkids, Kian and Angelia with their doting Oma Monika.

New Zealand German family head to Samoa for family reunion holiday: grandkids, Kian and Angelia with their doting Oma Monika.

Clutching on to her cold glass bottle of pineapple Fanta while walking through Fugalei markets, German visitor Monika Bergstein was clearly struggling with the heat. 

Sunburnt and sweaty, Monika was determined to speak to Dear Tourist even with her limited English.

Monika and her husband travelled to New Zealand to visit her daughter who had settled there and also visit her grandchildren. They had been in Auckland for three months before they decided to cap off their big visit to the South Pacific with a family trip to Samoa.

“Very hot,” said Monika about her first impression of Samoa. 

“All of us seven we came to make a holiday here in Samoa with my daughter, grandchildren and nephew.

“I like the markets very much. There are many, many foods and I like to eat the pineapple, very nice. Also the coconut and the coconut milk inside is very nice.”

At this point, Monika’s grandchildren popped up out of nowhere to rescue their Oma and help her along with sharing their holiday experience.

Granddaughter Angelia said that best part of their holiday was spending time with her grandparents.

“It’s been really fun being on holiday with our grandparents because we don’t see them that often because they live in Germany. We are here for one more week and when we get back to New Zealand, we’ll have two more weeks with our grandma and grandpa,” she said.

Little brother Kian admitted that the heat was the most challenging part of their holiday and that they are trying to adjust to it by making sure they do their best to stay cool and for them that means a lot of swimming.

 “Probably my favourite part about being here in Samoa is swimming in the ocean and the pool and spending time with everybody,” he said. 

“We love swimming and try to do it every day. The thing that stands out for me the most is the heat, it’s so hot. Also the people are really friendly and they really try to help you.”

Angelia and Kian have had a great time at the fresh produce markets in Fugalei, taking in and discovering new and interesting fruits and veggies. 

For Angelia, she realised that not all bananas are created equal.

“We have banana plants at home and we have the two different ones, the ones for cooking and the ripe ones you just eat,” said Angelia. “We have been looking around and we didn’t know that there were many different types of bananas, we thought they were all the same!”

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