Kiwi enjoys second time in Samoa after 15 years
New Zealander, Alan Beattie, is back in Samoa after nearly 15 years and loving it.
The 61-year-old was last in Samoa in 2004 for his work in fire protection services.
"I came here for work about fourteen years ago and I always wanted to come back, then we had an opportunity and then we took it," he said.
Mr. Beattie said he has loved every minute of his return trip back to Samoa, from the time he and his wife arrived at Faleolo International Airport.
"I loved to see all the house in the villages and the development [of the] buildings," he added.
He told Samoa Observer one of the first things he saw was the changes at the iconic Aggie Grey's Hotel, which has since become Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel. He said the property has been developed and is bigger and better.
Mr. Beattie is on a break in Samoa with his wife, Nick.
Mrs Beattie said she is in love with the weather.
The couple have just come from New Zealand's winter. But she also added that she found the attitude of local people to be equally warm.
“I have worked with lots of Samoan people over the years and also my children have Samoan friends and now we are here to see their home land," she said.
She added during their stay in Samoa they will visit some places they have long heard about and do an island tour.
" I hope that Samoa would not rain because we don't want to rain while we are here," she added.