Guyana woman finds paradise a long way from home

Samoa is truly a hidden paradise in the South Pacific.

That's the opinion of Tiffany Arthur from Guyana, South America, who is in Samoa to pursue higher education.

“I came to discover Samoa when I was fortunate to acquire a scholarship to study in your beautiful country for my Masters in Development Studies at the National University of Samoa," she said.

“I never knew that there was a country in the Pacific called Samoa but now that I had the chance to be here and experience everything about it.

“After being here a couple of months I have learnt so much.  Samoa is a beautiful country with hospitable people and that alone was unique from the rest of the world."

One of the things the 25-year-old loves about Samoa is the natural scenery.

“I had the chance to visit Lalomanu and the beaches were amazing, I guess this is why I call Samoa a hidden paradise in the heart of the Pacific.

“I also visited some local villages and in my own perspective Samoans have great pride in their culture.

“An example would be its local food, they still cook their foods through traditional methods like the umu."

She also told the Samoa Observer that palusami and breadfruit were her favorite traditional foods.

“Out of all the Samoan food, I love eating breadfruit together with the palusami (coconut cream covered in taro leaves).

“I also tried Samoan beer which was Taula and Vailima, they have very unique tastes.

“There were times when I felt homesick but less now compared to when I first arrived."

Ms. Arthur added that she has become more accustomed to Samoa’s lifestyle which has made her feel at home.

“After staying here for quite some time, I consider Samoa my home away from home.

“I would not change anything about Samoa, it is perfect the way it is.

“I will be returning after completing my studies hopefully at the end of the year but I will definitely miss Samoa.”

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