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Till this weekends my Samoa experiences were restricted to the Apia area. The city of Apia is the largest city in Samoa with stores, bars, restaurants and most of the sights of civilisation. As for this weeks, I meet some folks in my youth Hostel who are planing to go to the other big Samoa Isle, Savai'i (rhymes with Hawaii).
On Friday three of us (all except Malcolm, who came to see us the next day) made our way to the harbour where the Upolo-Savai'i boat was sailing. Samoa has tonnes of taxis because there are very few obstacles to entering (unlike New York, where you have to spend over $100,000 to get a cab medallion).
Only four years he was living in Samoa before he passed away. Someone in her own words chose to grow a line of tree to obstruct the views of the castle from above.
Unfortunately, this is probably the most important "historical" thing to see on Samoa. The largest part of Samoa's inhabitants lies on the highway from Apia to the airport/ferry. There is an infinite flow of towns all along the street. They are nothing more than big facts of the towns (pronounced fa-lay. See photo), little church and small market, which supply the villi.
It took about two hour to get to Savai'i and it was really chad. By the time we arrived in Savai'i, the differences between Upolo were notable. On Savai'i there is no true "city" per se. There' s a few small stores and a bench near the shuttle terminals and that's it.
All taxis on the islands take the ferries when they dock. So we said "No" to everyone and just went to the ATM to get some cash, because nothing on the isle took it. So he took us to a night club that was on the sea (probably the only one on the island) and we got some really roast chickens.
It took us about an hours to get to the residence and we had to pay 50 talas (Samoan dollar. US$1 = S$2. 50) for the three of us. For many years in a row, Manase was chosen as the most attractive town in Samoa, as we were known.
There are few resort in Savai'i (and most of Upolo) but small family/village sites that hire small kestrels. Elsewhere on the archipelago there were other visitors, which included the typically German, Australian and Kiwis (at least as I've seen them in Samoa so far). We all took a snooze until supper, then we went to a Samoan show in a neighbouring town.
Traditionally they danced and sang Samoan. Most of the time the crowds there were two New Zealand high school students on a school outing. It was quite a show for 10 Tala (US$4). In the 1920s, Margaret Mead, an anthropologist who came to Samoa, asked me to take advantage of this opportunity for Samoan nudity.
She sketched in her handbook how the Samoans were very sexual free and very prominent. Samoans are the most devout humans I have ever seen and there is NOTHING I have seen in my almost two week stay in Samoa. I' m guessing the transfer policy's a little more lenient in Samoa.
When he showed up, we left to go and see Savai'i. There' s not much to see in Samoa and especially on Savai'i. Our first goal was Cape Mulinuu, the westernmost point in Samoa and allegedly the westernmost point of the game.
I am not quite sure how they defined the "westernmost point" on a ball. I' m not sure of the possibilities of defining the "westernmost point" how one of them would suit Samoa. This is not the westernmost point on this side of the International Date Line, and it is not the last point on Earth where the sun goes down on a particular date.
Again we started by road and passed one town after the other, which seemed to be quite the same. There is a small temple, a pile of big kestrels and some small traps or open brickwork sheds. Around this hour it was dawning on me........ with the sole exemption of small villages where I don't even know if they had used cash, there was no trading clues on the outskirts of the area.
When you stood on the side of the street, usually someone slept in a small bowl on the side of the street who opened one for 10 tala to look at something, but that was all. There' s nothing in Samoa. And I think to see why you had to see how the Samoan system works.
Almost everyone in Samoa is living in a small town with their big families. Besides, just about everything is in the village's possession. When you make a living (like the taxi driver you see near the ferry), you give almost all your cash to the town. A lot of the young men in Samoa are very disappointed at the shortage of opportunity.
It' s not that they don't want to donate to their homes and communities, but no amount of what they do is for them. The fact that this could have ensured safety before the Europeans arrived has led so many Samoans to flee the land that there are now significantly more Samoans than in Samoa.
Most of Samoan GDP is sent home by Samoans who live abroad. They see an uncommon number of Western Union stops around Apia (although only one I could see in Savai'i....near the ferry). Another thing I recognized when I saw the shortage of trade on Savai'i was the shortage of dwelling in Apia.
There' s only a small bunch of flats in Apia and no homes. Everybody is living outside the city in a village with their family. This is the largest of the hotels in the city. The National Bank of Samoa is small in comparison to the West Bank and ANZ, which are held by NZ/Australia.
A SamoaTel is a Samoan goverment. I don't know who SamoaTel belongs to, but I guess its probably a partnership between the Samoan goverment and a foreign toelco. At the few places where I have seen the building, it was almost always a small administrative building with a large plaque nearby that describes the building in detail and who financed it. I am not quite sure that Samoa could drastically change his economy without drastically altering his people.
This is a place where there are powers beyond any kind of programme or programme of state. Not much state commitment seems to exist in the business world, at least not what is obviously evident. At least in the things I have had contacts with, there seems to be a very free one.
There seems to be a very disorderly overland transport system and there are plenty of cabs and coaches. It doesn't seem to me that there are many construction regulations. I am sure that I will write much more on this topic as I am traveling, but I think Samoa provides a text book example of how civilization can affect an industry, probably everything else overpowering.
Wherever you travel in Samoa, you will quickly see the number of cathedrals. There is a chapel in every town. One would think for a small state that there is a certain confession that dominates, but that is not the case. Every mark of the Christendom can be imagined. In Savai'i alone (about 40,000 inhabitants) I saw about a ten Mormon oratories.
Apia is the mother ship's cathedral, but all the satellites in Savai'i were by far the most beautiful buildings on the Isle. Every single one of the schools in the county seems to be run by a local ecclesiastical or large families, and this was verified to me by a taxi-man.
There seems to be a college on the Samoa card, but I have not left it behind and I do not know if it is run by the administration or not. The small shop is closed on Sunday and everyone can see going to and from the chapel in their own lavalava and in their own name.
On the Savai'i RdT the last place we went was the shrinkage caverns in Alofaaga. Shrinkage cavities were really quite chilly. In some places there are perpendicular openings where the waters shoot directly upwards when the shafts strike. This whole area was quite astonishing. It' by far the best thing I've seen on Samoa.
Surprisingly, Samoa is one of the Pacific Ocean isles. After I was in Savai'i, I had to change my earlier remark about American Samoa that it is more Samoan than American. I will write about many topics later on my journey, as I have been to more places.
I am pretty sure that Samoa will eventually be an important datapoint to compare how other nations and civilizations work. She is a wonderful place and they will give you the shirts off your back (or as Malcolm found out, they will even be offering you their girls in marriage).