In-law's advice brings 60-year-old to paradise

Sixty-year-old Capri Roskvist does not regret taking on the advice of her sister-in-law.

Her inlaw is Samoan and all the stories she has heard of this island paradise is that the Samoan people are caring, kind and beautiful people.

And there is no better time to visit Samoa than the festive season according to the Australian, who is a resident of New Zealand.

“I have a sister-in-law who is in New Zealand who is a Samoa and she always tell stories of how Samoans are always kind, lovely and helpful people,” she said.

Consequently, she began planning her trip six months ago as she was keen to visit on her own, though her children also wanted to accompany her.

“At first I was about to come on my own but they both said they want to come too, so now they are here with me at Taumeasina Island Resort.”

The family has nine days in Samoa, more than enough time to check out all the tourist attractions, with transport being provided courtesy of her sister-in-law.

“We have always seen how welcoming the Samoa people, kind, lovely and beautiful they are, and we want to see more of it,” she added.

“My Samoan sister in-law has given us a driver and we are going around the island and going to see the (Tosua) Trench and other touristy places.”

The adventure thus far has been exhilarating for the family with Mrs. Roskvist revealing that they had a Christmas celebration at the Taumeasina Island Resort with the entertainment provided by the hotel.

The fun included Santa Claus making a surprise appearance and pushing his helper into the pool.

“Santa pushing one of his helpers in the pool was so funny,” she said.

One thing for sure for the family is that Christmas in Samoa is different from Australia, with Mrs. Roskvist crediting Samoa’s religious background.

“I had a hot Christmas, cold Christmas and I thought I just came here to Samoa for this year Christmas.”

And with the New Year not too far away, she just wants a peaceful and relaxing time for her and her children before they fly back to Australia. 

“Right we just want to relax beside the pool and read some books and then others days, it will be taking in the island for us,” she said.

Mrs. Roskvist flew into Samoa on December 23 with her children to join her on a later date.

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