LANO, SAVAI'I, SAMOA
17.06.2013 - 17.06.2013 29 °C
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.