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Seattle

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA

sunny 19 °C

A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock music style known as "grunge", which was made famous by local groups Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Seattle is also famous for its hip hop artists, such as rappers Sir Mix-a-Lot, Blue Scholars, and Macklemore.

The Space Needle, dating from the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, is Seattle's most recognizable landmark. It has been featured in the logo of the former Seattle SuperSonics NBA team, the Seattle Sounders MLS team, the television show Frasier and the backgrounds of the television series Dark Angel, Grey's Anatomy, The Killing and iCarly, and films such as It Happened at the World's Fair, Sleepless in Seattle, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Love Happens and The Parallax View. The Space Needle has also appeared in films such as The Simpsons Movie, Say Anything, 10 Things I Hate About You and Bloodsport.

Starbucks has been at Pike Place Market since the coffee company was founded there in 1971. The first store is still operating a block south of its original location

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
Greyhound from Vancouver. Boring ride.

WHERE DID I STAY?
At Will's place.

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Seattleish! Actually pretty nice. Sunny and warm enough.

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
Went to a Mariners game at Safeco Field! Ate pretty awesome Mexican food. Ate pretty awesome Mediterranean food. Drank lots and lots of coffee. Saw the original Starbucks coffee shop. Went hiking in some BEAUTIFUL mountains. Hung out with Will! Went laptop shopping.

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Original Starbucks! Lots of other great restaurants. There are a lot of neat little shops and galleries here. I discovered Fry's. A HUGE electronic store that's really only on the west coast. They had more laptops in stock than all the store in Canada combined.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Mariners game. People-watching with Will. Hiking and snowball fighting in the mountains!! Awesome dinners out.

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
I would definitely come back. Mostly to see Will again.
And I would definitely recommend it. It`s a pretty cool city to visit.

NOTABLE NOTES:

PICS!!

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Mariners game at Safeco!
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Bubble Gum Wall! yummy :p
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Bubble Gum Wall! yummy :p
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Posted by karencook 18:43 Archived in USA Tagged mountains baseball hiking city sun usa coffee starbucks Comments (0)

Nanaimo

NANAIMO, VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA,

sunny 20 °C

A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
The Nanaimo bar which is a no-bake cookie bar, is a Canadian dessert named after Nanaimo.

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
I took the "bus" from Victoria.... The "bus" turned out to be some old man in a cowboy hat driving a 15 passenger van.....

WHERE DID I STAY?
Painted Turtle Guesthouse

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Sunny and slightly chilly.

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
Not much. Walked along the waterfront a LOT. Laid in the sun.

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Not so much.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Leaving on a float plane. Another item off the bucket list.

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
I would pass through on my way somewhere else but this wouldn't be a final destination for me. It was a much much smaller place than I had thought it would be.

NOTABLE NOTES:
I needed to get to Vancouver to get my bus to Seattle and after spending too much time trying to figure out ferry times that coincide with bus times that would get me into the city and to a skytrain station in time to get to the greyhound station for my 11am bus - I decided to splurge and just take a float plane with Harbour Air. It was more expensive of course. But it was much more convenient and I had always wanted to go in a float plane. So I just went for it, It was pretty sweet and sooooo much faster than the ferry/bus/skytrain combo.

Posted by karencook 08:21 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

BACK IN CANADA!

VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

sunny 20 °C

A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:

Capital city of British Columbia!

Steve Nash, twice Most Valuable Player in the National Basketball Association, grew up in Victoria. Michael Saunders, outfielder for the Seattle Mariners was born in Victoria and still lives there during the off season. Baseball pitcher Rich Harden of the Oakland Athletics is from Victoria. Professional racing cyclist and 2012 Giro d'Italia winner, Ryder Hesjedal was born in Victoria and still calls the city home. Maddie Secco was born in Victoria and is currently a part of the women's national field hockey who just recently went to India for the Olympic Trials. Olympic Games athletes Riley Mccormick, Silken Laumann, Ryan Cochrane, and Simon Whitfield reside or were born in Victoria.

The Victoria Cougars are perhaps the most famous sports franchise the city has known, winning the Stanley Cup as members of the PCHA in 1925. The team then moved to Detroit under the name of the Detroit Cougars before the team changed its name to the current Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
Flight from Kona to Honolulu to LAX to San Francisco to Victoria.
Wasn't sure how smoothly that transition was going to be because there had been a crash-landing in San Fran that morning. But i turned out to be all good. I was very surprised by how small Victoria Airport was. Let's just say it made clearing customs a breeze!

WHERE DID I STAY?
Ocean Island Inn.

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Quite good. A little chilly compared to Hawaii - but that's to be expected.

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I saw orca! In the wild. Cross that off the ol' bucket list... :) It was pretty awesome.
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ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Tim Hortons! Ahhh How I've missed consistent coffee!!!

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Definitely the whale watching trip!

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
I would definitely come back if I was nearby. It's a very pretty and clean city.

NOTABLE NOTES:

More Pics!

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Posted by karencook 08:04 Archived in Canada Tagged canada orca whale_watching Comments (0)

Back to the Big Island

KONA, BIG ISLAND, HAWAII, USA

sunny 27 °C
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A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
I LOVE IT! THE BIG ISLAND IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES IN THE WORLD!

It is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands

With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States.

Captain James Cook, the European who claimed to have discovered the Hawaiian Islands and called them the "Sandwich Islands", was killed on the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay.

Hawaiʻi was the home island of Paiʻea Kamehameha, later known as Kamehameha the Great. Kamehameha united most of the Hawaiian islands under his rule in 1795, after several years of war, and gave the kingdom and the island chain the name of his native island.

Measured from its sea floor base to its highest peak, Mauna Kea is the world's tallest mountain, taller than Mount Everest is above sea level

The Island of Hawaiʻi is built from five separate shield volcanoes that erupted somewhat sequentially, one overlapping the other. These are (from oldest to youngest):
Kohala—extinct
Mauna Kea—dormant
Hualālai—active but not currently erupting (dormant)
Mauna Loa—active, partly within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Kīlauea—active: has been erupting continuously since 1983; part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Sugarcane was the backbone of Hawaiʻi Island's economy for more than a century. In the mid-twentieth century, sugar plantations began to downsize and in 1996, the last plantation closed.
Most of Hawaiʻi Island's economy is based on tourism, centered primarily in resort areas on the western coast of the island in the North Kona and South Kohala districts. More recently, Hawaiʻi Island has become a focus for sustainable tourism.
Diversified agriculture is a growing sector of the economy. Major crops include Macadamia nuts, papaya, flowers, tropical and temperate vegetables, and coffee beans. Only coffee grown in the Kona District of this island may be branded Kona coffee. The island's orchid agriculture is the largest in the state, and resulted in the unofficial nickname "The Orchid Isle." The island is home to one of the United States' largest cattle ranches: Parker Ranch, on 175,000 acres (708 km2) in Waimea. Hawaiʻi is also known for astronomy, and numerous telescopes are operated on the summit of Mauna Kea, where atmospheric clarity is excellent and there is little light pollution.

Kona is the home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon which is held each year in October in Kailua-Kona.

GREG LIVES HERE!!!

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
Just a short flight from Honolulu!

WHERE DID I STAY?
Greg's house!

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Perfect. Hawaii weather as usual. Light, warm rain one minute in one place and sunny in another place or the next minute. Loved it!

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?

I saw Greg! I went to beaches. I swam. I snorkeled. I saw a sting ray. I went diving. I layed in the sun. I was warm! I saw 4th of July fireworks <3
I went to South Point! I floated in the Pacific Ocean on an inflatable jandal (flip flop) like shark bait!

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Spent some time hanging out in Josh Lambus' gallery in Kona! Probably the most talented guy in the world. Got my caffeine fix at Lava Java.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Probably watching Greg do his exercises. DIVING! And every other second of my time here was pretty awesome too.

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
Time and Time Again. Love it. It's a MUST DO!

NOTABLE NOTES:

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Posted by karencook 20:11 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Back to Hawaii!!!

WAIKIKI, OAHU, USA

sunny 28 °C
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A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
IT'S AMAZING! MY HOME :)

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
Direct flight from Samoa!

WHERE DID I STAY?
Polynesian Beach Club! like I always do!

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Perfection!

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I slept a lot. Being on vacation had exhausted me. I spent some time at Seattle's Best Coffee drinking beverages and visiting Erol. Went to the beach of course. Swam. Saw Marcio! Layed in the hammocks a lot.

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Ate at Mac 24/7 Bar and Restaurant. So good. So full. So much food.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
EVERYTHING! I LOVE it here so much. It was great to see Erol and Marcio again. Love that there are still people hanging in there, living the dream!!

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
Yes! I would come back here and stay here forever if I could. And I think everyone should make an effort to get here at least once in their lives!

NOTABLE NOTES:

Landed back in time in Hawaii. For real. Left Samoa Saturday morning and got to Hawaii Friday morning. Score! Almost didn't get on my flight thought because the dud, yes dud, working the ticket counter in Samoa for Air Pacific was adamant that I needed to have an onward flight from Hawaii booked. We argued for a bit and he threatened to call US Immigration and I said Okay. So he did and I was right. Win!
I barely slept on the 5.5 hour flight over and spent the next week trying to catch up.
I barely did anything the entire week I was there. Sunk into a routine of sleeping in, drinking coffee, laying in a hammock, going to the beach, swimming and tanning. Oh, I also shopped. Probably too much... When I wasn't doing any of those things I was catching up with friends. Bonus to my Oahu time was the present Steve left behind at the hostel for me. A purse - yes, the man shopped!- mini-oreos, and half a bottle of shampoo. A good surprise indeed. :)

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Posted by karencook 20:07 Archived in USA Tagged beach sun waikiki tan Comments (0)

Around Upolu in a Day

Upolu, Samoa

sunny 29 °C
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After breakfast on my last day in Samoa, I headed to Salelologa to get the ferry back to Upolu. My intention was to head to the airport and rent a car to tour around the island for the day because my flight wasn't leaving until almost midnight. I got a cab from the wharf to the airport in hopes of getting a rental car for the day. There was NOTHING happening at the airport and everything was closed because no flights were arriving or departing. Flights come to and go from Samoa at very strange times. Very late at night and extremely early in the morning... My cabbie took me to a resort down the road but they only had one SUV available and they wanted 350 Tala for it for the day. My car on Savai'i was only 110 so I wasn't psyched about the price. My cabbie had already offered to take me around the island for the day and drop me off at the airport, so I asked how much he would want for the day. He said 150. So I went with that. He was pretty cool and literally took me ALL over the island. It was good to not have to drive or worry about getting lost. He stopped a billion times for me to get pics!
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Best part of the day was swimming in the To Sua Trench. It was pretty cool. I had a great lunch at a fale in Lalomanu at teh same place I went to the first FiaFia show.

It was a great last day in the country - we circled the entire island and I was dropped off at the airport at the end of it, as promised!

Posted by karencook 18:10 Archived in Samoa Comments (0)

Around Savai'i in a Day

SAVAI'I, SAMOA

sunny 29 °C
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I decided to rent a car in order to get around and see more of Savai'i. I got a lift from Richard into Salelologa to get a car. Salelologa is a village district at the east end of Savai'i island in Samoa. It is the main entry point into the island with the only ferry terminal on Savai'i. It also serves as the main township for shopping and public amenities with a market selling fresh produce and arts and crafts. Basically if you want or need to buy anything, you have to come here. It's also the only place on the island with a traffic light! It's the only place where one is needed though, and even here it's a stretch. haha I grabbed my tiny rental and headed back to Lauila to pack some stuff for the day. There's 1 road that circles around Savai'i. So I headed north on it.
Amazing views all around as I drove through village after village.
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MANASE

I stopped in Manase on the north shore and had a drink and a bite to eat at a fale overlooking the ocean. I saw loads of turtles in the ocean. I met a lovely Samoan/Kiwi couple visiting from Auckland and they offered me the used of their snorkel gear. Of course as it goes, I didn't see ANY turtles once I got IN the water. But I had a lovely swim. The water was WAY warmer here than it was on the east coast where I was staying. I layed on the beach to dry off before heading on my way.
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SNORKELING!

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THIS BUILDING IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CANADA!

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ONE OF THE COUNTLESS CHURCH'S IN SAMOA.... NOT TOO SHABBY!!

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TYPICAL VILLAGE
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YET ANOTHER CHURCH!
I continued my circle around the island. Drove through village after village, passing people, pigs and chickens on the way. I got to almost the halfway point and decided to gun it and make the full circle of the island instead of heading back the way I had come from. It's really not that much of a distance but the speed limit in the villages is 40 kmph and 56 kmph between the villages. But you're almost always in a village. And you have to be on constant lookout for kids and animals. And adults. So it actually took a long time. It was a very interesting drive as I got a good look at Samoan life along the way. In every village I drove through there were yards full of people outside working and playing. There were games of volleyball, cricket, rugby and soccer being played and each game involved children and adults of all ages. There was a such a sense of community and togetherness in each village I passed.
As I neared Lauiula, I experienced yet another interesting event. It was getting late and getting dark and I ended up driving through several villages where evening prayer had begun. At the roadside of each property in the village there was a man (the property owner) standing, wearing a crisp white shirt and a dark colored lavalava or shorts. They were lined up the road as far as the eye could see. I wasn't sure what the exact protocol for driving past was but I was sandwiched between other vehicles so just kept in line with them.
I arrived back at Lauiula well after dark and had a delicious meal with the other guests, played some cards and then headed for bed.

Posted by karencook 16:19 Archived in Samoa Comments (0)

Life at Lauiula

LANO, SAVAI'I, SAMOA

sunny 30 °C
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A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
Savaiʻi is the largest (area 1700 km2) and highest (Mt Silisili at 1,858 m) island in Samoa and the Samoa Islands chain. It is also the biggest landmass in Polynesia outside Hawaii and New Zealand.
The island is the largest shield volcano in the South Pacific with recent eruptions in the early 1900s. The central region comprises the Central Savai'i Rainforest that with 72,699 hectares (727 km2) forms the largest continuous patch of rainforest in Polynesia. It is dotted with more than 100 volcanic craters and contains most of Samoa's native species of flora and fauna, making it globally significant in world conservation areas.
As on Upolu, every day, evening prayer (sa) takes place in every village around dusk before the evening meal and lasts about half an hour. It is usually signaled by the sound of a conch shell or the ringing of the church bell. The sa usually means no loud noise or walking through the village commons. Matai sometimes stand by the side of the main road, which pass through village land, to slow down traffic until prayers are over.

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
I took the ferry from Upolu to Savai'i and then took one of the crazy buses from the wharf to Lano.
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WHERE DID I STAY?
Lauiula Beach Fales in Lano. Another great find. Very friendly and accommodation but just a bit more formal than Vaiula. Richard is a great, friendly and knowledgeable host. I had planned on staying here only a few nights then going somewhere in Manase on the north shore, but ended up deciding to stay here the whole time instead.
When I first arrived I was told they had "upgraded" me. Turns out their idea of an upgrade was to put me in a closed in fale instead of an open one. This meant I had lattice walls and doors. It was the only closed in fale and the worst one by far but they were fully booked. It was surrounded in grey tarp. They seemed surprised when I wanted to have the tarp rolled up and only rolled up part of the front for me. I did more on my own.
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MY CLOSED FALE

A few days after I got there, a big group of bicyclers from NZ departed and I was able to move into an open fale. :)
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Fales!

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Superb. No complaints here. A few crazy rainstorms in the middle of the night partnered with thunder and lightning only added to the experince of sleeping in a fale. Lauiula had security at night and when it started to pour rain sideways the guy would come put enough blinds down so you didn't get wet. Great service!

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I spent a LOT of time in the water. I was quite surprised by how cold it was, then I found out that there was a spring feeding fresh (cold!) water into the ocean almost exactly where we were. I walked around the village a couple of times. I snorkeled and tanned and read and napped. I ate amazing food. I met interesting people. I watched a Fia Fia show with a fire dancer.

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Lauila Fales were great. There's really nothing else in these villages other than sometimes a small shop. The guy who ran the place was named Richard. He was a fantastic host. His daughter Lynn, who was being prepped to take over the family business was also awesome. Really sweet woman.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Lazing on the beach. Meals with the other guests. Fia fia show.

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)
I would definitely come back here. And definitely recommend it as a place to go.

NOTABLE NOTES:
Some snaps from around Lano:

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After the Fia Fia show the dancers all choose a guest to come up and dance. One of the guys chased me down as I was running away (I hate dancing) and proceeded to drag me up on stage and proceeded to fake grind on me to the amusement of EVERYONE else. That's right. Fake grind. As in grind from afar. He would never ACTUALLY grind on a guest as that would be completely disrespectful and he would likely get punished by one of the chiefs. After we sat back down the dancers lined up and came to all the guests to thank them for coming to see them perform. I then got a sticky hug from each coconut lathered guy and a kiss on the cheek while everyone else laughed at me... :p

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Posted by karencook 09:20 Archived in Samoa Tagged beach fale lano Comments (0)

Leaving Vaiula :(

UPOLU, SAMOA

sunny 30 °C
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I was sad to leave Vaiula, but it had to be done. I had already extended my stay there a couple of times, yes - it's THAT kind of place, and needed to move on so I could see more of Samoa. Two of Vaiula's guests - Jenny and Dave, were nice enough to give me a lift to the ferry on the west coast. We took the scenic route and on the way stopped to do a short hike to a waterfall. The hike was crazy muddy but it was beautiful.
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I arrived at the ferry terminal about 3 minutes before its departure but managed to get a ticket quickly and run on board. The trip across to Savai'i was about an hour and a half and gorgeous.

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LEAVING UPOLU

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Hello Savai'i :)

LANO, SAVAI'I, SAMOA

sunny 29 °C
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On the ferry I ran into the super sketchy woman that had approached me in Apia and tried to lure me into her truck. She remembered me and harassed me for awhile, again trying to get me to go with her when we reached Savai'i and promising to take me to all these beautiful places I managed to get away from her but shortly after I sat down she chose to sit in the seat DIRECTLY behind me even though only about a quarter of the seats were taken. Awkward. I put in my headphones and ignored her for the rest of the trip.
When I arrived in Savai'i, I was greeted by a wall of taxi drivers asking "Taxi?" "Taxi?" "Taxi?" "Where are you going?" "Do you need a taxi?" "Taxi?" "Taxi?" SO annoying. Most of the time you can just say no thanks and they will leave you alone. But this one guy decided I he could break me down. He followed me around the terminal building saying "Where are you going?" "I'll take you" "30 tala, okay?" "Where are you going" "There are no buses" When in reality every bus on the island is at the wharf when the boat comes in. By this time the buses were pretty much all pulling away, so some man pointed me to the right bus and I pretty much jumped on it as it was still moving. That's pretty much how you get on a bus there. It was packed. Not only do the buses take people all over the island, but they pick up parcels and other random stuff alone their way and deliver it to its destination. It's common to see a bus loaded with lumber, people and bags of potatoes. And school children. It's incredible how many kids they can pack onto a bus. They just cram them in and there will be all kinds of limbs hanging out the window. Also, when children get on the bus, if there aren't any seats available, they will just sit on the lap of any complete stranger they want. I've met several people who had traveled to Samoa and found this to be very uncomfortable. It's not something we're likely to experience at home but it's completely normal in their culture.
With the help of some nice men on the bus and the driver I was able to figure out exactly where to get off the bus. Actually the bus stop ended up being right at my accommodation - Lauiula Beach Fales.

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PARADISE FOUND :)

TAFATAFA, UPOLU, SAMOA

sunny 30 °C
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A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:

Located on the south side of Upolu.

HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?

The short story is - I took a taxi.
The long story is - when I was trying to plan my vacation to Samoa I saw this picture:
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and HAD to stay there.
Booking things in Samoa is pretty difficult. Pretty much nothing can be booked online. To enquire about availability or pricing you have to either phone (which is expensive) or email. It doesn't seem like a big deal but after you email a place you wait and wait and wait for a response and a lot never get back to you.
Luckily Vaiula Beach Fales has a GREAT Ozzie guy named Nugg who handles their bookings and he is totally on the ball. He actually told me that when he asks people why they chose Vaiula the answer is often "You guys emailed us back". So that's how I ended up there too. He emailed me back. No one else did. So I went there. Simple as that.

WHERE DID I STAY?

Vaiula Beach Fales. Awesome place.
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This is my VIEW!

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The fale with the car is mine. How appropriate. Was expecting more traditional blinds, but after the tsunami they worked with what they had.

THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Absolutely Beautiful! So much less humid than in the city because it was right on the coast so there was always a nice breeze. It rained for a few minutes everyday, which was no big deal. There were also a couple stormyish nights, Rain and wind with beautiful lightning storms on the ocean. It was pretty bad one night and we had to seal up the bar with tarps and put the sides down on our fales. The power went out, so we all just hung around the bar and drank. Conveniently Sunny and I had made a trip to Apia that day and had bought a battery operated torch. We hung it up in the bar and it provided just enough light to see our drinks :) We didn't have running water for a cpl days after that, No big deal though, who needs a shower when you're on vacation!

WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I layed on the beach, I slept, I read books and magazines, I swam, I snorkeled, I layed in a hammock, I walked along the beach, I ate great food, I cut an incredibly drunk old man's hair, I walked through the village, I took pictures, I went caving, I met great people.

ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Vaiula Beach Fales is an amazing place run by amazing people. Dave, Mau and Nugg are incredibly accommodating and ensure a fabulous stay. Breakfast and dinner are included with the accommodation and the meals were delicious and varied.

FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:

I'd have to say being able to finally relax and enjoy myself after being in Apia.

WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER? :)

I would come back here in a SECOND. This place is my Samoan home. If you ever go to Samoa you should definitely check it out. It's such a great place with the best people who will make you feel like you are part of the family. It definitely gives you a more personal experience than you will get at many of the other fales.

NOTABLE NOTES:
In case I haven't convinced you yet how great this place is: Maybe this will help....

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