Australian couple enjoying their golden years in Samoa

On Thursday the married couple Stewart Yorston, 73 and Angela Yorston, 72 arrived in Samoa for a long awaited get-away. 

The two retirees are keen to explore both of the islands and enjoy their ‘Golden Age’, as they put it, even though their travel here turned out to be an exhausting and underwhelming affair.

The couple, who live in the Australian capital Canberra and then to Brisbane to visit their grandchildren for a couple of days, before they headed off to Samoa. 

Unfortunately, their overnight flight from Brisbane Airport with Samoa Airways did not meet their expectations. 

“We experienced standing in a long queue for over an hour, waiting because of technical issues between the Australian and Samoan immigration center,” Mr. Yorston said.

The couple added that when they finally boarded the plane, they did not consider the plane suited for long haul flights. 

“It would be fine for maybe 30 minutes or an hour, but our bodies were aching when we finally arrived,” Mrs. Yorston explained.

Despite their unpleasant travel, the pair was otherwise very impressed with Samoa.

“We were quick to go through all of the safety measurements at the airport, because our travel agent let us know early on what requirements we had to meet," Mr. Yorston said. 

“We fully understand the caution, so it was completely unproblematic.”

The two are eager to experience history, art and nature, and have found that Samoa can meet their expectations. 

“We know that the weather has been very rainy and windy the past couple of days, but it seems we have been lucky and have just missed it,” Mr. Yorston said. 

“We’ve always known about Samoa, and now we have the time to go explore. We want to experience the Robert [Louis] Stevenson Museum and also do a trek with waterfalls. Perhaps we will go to Savai’i for that. Who knows, maybe six days will turn into six weeks”. 

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