It’s been said that if you are shopping and you find something you love, one should buy it in five different colours.
This is what Binah Wolff wished she had done when she bought a pair of earrings she loved from the Savalalo markets a while back.
Dear Tourist meets her as she combs through the market in search of the same pair of earrings.
“I bought some earrings ages ago, I always lose one earring and I was just seeing if I could find the same one or something similar and then get a couple of pairs so that if I lose one then its ok,” she said.
The young mother was visiting family here in Samoa for a couple of weeks and introduced her two-year-old son to them.
“I’m from New Zealand and I’m here with my step mum who is Samoan and my little brother is also part Samoan. This is my third time to Samoa.
“I came on the first trip for my friends 30th birthday and my little brother was just born then as well so it keeps me coming back.
“I came over because my son has just turned two and my Dad wanted us to come and visit and bring him over to see him. My Dad and step mum live here in Samoa.”
While Binah is not a native Samoan, her family and a general love of Samoa’s people keep her coming back even though she struggles with the heat.
“It’s just so hot, that’s still something I have not gotten used to. We went out to the beach and stayed out at one of the resorts. That was really nice and my favourite thing about here though is the people – they’re lovely.”
It’s important to Binah that her son enjoys his time in Samoa.
“My son just loves it here. He has adjusted to the heat straightaway and he just runs around. We’ve gotten around though seeing the waterfalls and we went to see Mulivai cathedral which is beautiful and then went to check out the Taumeasina.
“I do enjoy the food, except for the taro. My son likes everything, although he wouldn’t try niu for a while but then he saw my dad (his papa) drinking the niu so then he tried it and now he loves it. He’s also picking up a few words from the Samoan language. If you say ‘tasi tasi tasi’ he’ll respond with ‘lua, lua, lua’ so he’s getting the hang of it. As for me, I don’t know anything except maybe please, thank you and hello.
“We are leaving on Tuesday, I think everyone was hoping to have us here for a couple of months but we could only spend a couple of weeks here.”