Samoa an escape from harsh realities of the world

By Elizabeth Ah-Hi 22 July 2017, 12:00AM

In the bustling market place at Savalalo, we came across a dynamic duo.

Liz and Grant Walker of Te Anau, New Zealand were enjoying some pork buns and winding down from their 10 day tour of Uplou and Savail. 

Liz and her bloke Grant gave us some interesting perspectives on their trip so far. 

Liz excitedly told us about their travels through Savai’i where they walked the rainforest canopy in Falealupo and witnessed the powerful Taga blowholes. 

She said it was difficult to say which were her favourite highlights but what she will remember most is the ocean here and its water temperature that’s perfect for swimming no matter where you go in Samoa. 

“The sea is just so beautiful, the temperature is perfect for swimming everywhere on the island and  the people … the people were just so friendly and nice.” 

There was one mystery that kept the Walkers preoccupied during their travels around the Samoa  and it involved how the Savaiians ability to keep their lawns so trim and manicured. 

“I just loved seeing all the gardens in front of everyone’s houses, it’s just so pretty and the lawns are so well kept. We thought to ourselves why didn’t they use lawnmowers to mow the grass instead of the clippers and then we worked out that underneath the grass is all lava rocks and a lawnmower would die here,” she said. 

Grant on the other hand waited patiently to add his suggestions and perspective (albeit a little sinister) on Samoa.

 “Samoa is a place that is on the verge of a lot more tourists coming this way and I would say it’s because of all the stuff with the war on terrorism and ISIS. People like to come to a place that’s nice and sunny away from everyone.” 

The Walkers would love to return again to spend more time in Samoa.

However Grant said there are a few improvements that he would like to see implemented for the future and asked us to personally deliver his message to the Prime Minister. 

“I’d like to say something directly to the government, Id like to see more sign posting at the all the tourist hotspots so we don’t have to waste time in the car lost all the time,” he said. 

Thanks Grant and Liz, we’ll be sure to pass on your sentiments. 

By Elizabeth Ah-Hi 22 July 2017, 12:00AM

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