Australians discover their new "wonderful and special place"
Melbourne couple, Arek and Jackie are frequent travelers and they say Samoa is surely a wonderful and special place.
Arek, who is German, told the Sunday Samoan he would have loved to learn more about Samoa's history as he had just found out that it was a German colony in the 1900s.
"I would love to learn more about history of Samoa because I didn’t know that the Germans were here and how it went so, we should have gone to the museum in Apia."
The couple recently found out about Samoa's links to New Zealand and Germany.
"I like that people preserve their culture and probably Christian religion is very big here but still preserve it.
"I think this is very special that they preserve their own culture and you feel like it’s an island vibe, more local and that’s different and unique for Samoa," said Arek.
Asked what sets Samoa apart from other countries they've visited, they highlighted that Samoa was just very unique.
"First of all it’s a small island, this is really unique, because yeah, it’s just about 50-60 kilometers wide, 200,000 people spread over the island, so it’s like you are separated and this is different from other places.
"I found it very untouched by infrastructure which is good, I think, for me. As long as it’s untouched and more wild and of course there are resorts but not so many resorts, and I think that’s good for this island. There are not too many resorts and you can really relax," Arek said.
"I mean, that’s what I need for example. There might be people who just love to be surrounded by infrastructure and I am more simple I think.
"The vegetation for me, I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this lush and just, I don’t know, the vine and the forests and the jungle is so beautiful. And its probably the biggest thing because we drove from the airport through right the middle of the island," added Jackie.
Asked why they chose Samoa as a holiday destination, Jackie said her mother chose it for her own birthday.
"She chose somewhere that we could come with the little kids, and we just wanted to get away from Australia, somewhere that’s hot. Also because they’ve been everywhere already, they travel a lot. But it’s our first time in Samoa," she said
Jackie, who works at a university with web content while Arek does work in photography and film, and they could not be more pleased to be relaxing in a hot country while it's winter back home.
The couple agreed that the people of Samoa are very open and wonderful people and said they will definitely come back.