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Mar 24, 2017 - Another tropical paradisw

Our days at sea follow the usual pattern of lectures for Ian, sunbathing, me and both doing the gym. This is a necessity for me as I have put on around a stone since getting on the ship! I am also playing 'Killer Darts" ! The wonder is that I haven't killed anyone with my dart throwing! I just throw in the general direction of the dark board and hope I hit it. I don't think I will be the female equivalent of Bobby George but with my weigh increasing I'm looking more like a dart player! We haven't done as well at the quizzes just missing our...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Talofa Samoa

Mit Verspätung, einem Kind mit Übelkeit auf der einen Seite und einem anderen mit voller Windel auf der anderen Seite ging es Richtung Samoa und ich kam kurz nach 22 Uhr Ortszeit an. Die Einreise ging ziemlich unkompliziert von statten und schon saß ich im Taxi zum Hotel. Die Fahrt dauerte ca 1 Stunde und ich freute mich schon auf mein Garten-Fale in dem ich nun die folgenden Nächte zu bringen wollte. Ich merkte den Jetlag jetzt deutlich. Am nächsten Morgen lernte ich beim Frühstück Loreen und Ann kennen, die in Samoa die Kliniken bzgl...

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May 14, 2013 - Samoa

07.05 ich komme abends um 21.30 Uhr in Apia an. Männer in Sarongs spielen Musik. Mein Taxifahrer findet mit Hilfe durch Korrespondenz mit Ash mein Couchsurfing Haus. Hier leben 3 Personen: Ash (Engländer mit Australischem Pass), Emma von Brisbane, Sarah aus Italien (zieht gerade aus und Siv, Australierin mit sri-lankischen Wurzeln, wieder ein) Begruesst werde ich bei Ankunft von Halloween, dem adoptierten Welpen. Ash kommt 5 min nachdem der Taxifahrer weg fuhr. Er ist total nett, genauso wie die anderen. es ist ein eigener kreis von...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Our first week in Samoa

We landed in Samoa Sunday afternoon, after an incredibly long flight. Our group was the last to get off the plane, and we were greeted by Peace Corps staff holding a banner. As we walked across the tarmac, we were instantly struck by the heat, but we quickly forgot about it as each Peace Corps staff person greeted us with a lei and a hug, as if they had know us forever. In addition to staff being there was also press coverage and other current Peace corps Volunteers waiting to welcome us to Samoa outside the airport. Monday morning we began...

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Jan 22, 2011 - Samoa and Wilma

Robert Louis Stevenson had long since written the 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and most notably the archetypal 'Treasure Island', before he decided to settle on the remote and isolate island of Samoa in the midst of the Pacific. It is 1890 and Stevenson has been ailing from tuberculosis all his 40 years but feels that the climate on the island is good for him; a thought not easy to follow since considered best to cure the disease was the dry crisp mountain air of the Alps, rather than the hot humid one on this tropical island...

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Feb 21, 2010 - Samoa - Feb 18-21

February 18, 2010 (again!) I’m not sure what day to call this! For the first time in my life I will be crossing the date line. I should get used to it as we will be crossing it five times once this trip is done. Even my watch can’t cope with the date differential! Just to explain – Samoa is almost directly north of NZ so the time is actually the same. However, due to the way the date line meanders around some of the Pacific Islands, Samoa is actually in the Eastern hemisphere rather than the Western. Our flight takes off from Auckland at...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Updates From The Pacific

Thursday/Friday 11/12th February – Day 33/34 Well now we have been a day underway from the Christmas Island and this is our second day at sea, the weather is not kind to us here, so no more jokes about it being better here than at home, perhaps then we will get better weather! The sea is very rough and we feel as though we have been in the washer, terrible stormy seas Force 9/10 trying to avoid a cyclone. Our visit to Apia was cancelled (only a short stop to drop off some passengers, pick up NZ Immigration people and Clare Sweeney......!)...

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Nov 21, 2009 - Day 4

Today was a relaxing day at the pool. We spent time with Ken and Shirley. In the afternoon we took kayaks out into the lagoon. They were plastic and hard to sit in because the foot area was above your butt. We went to the buffet dinner/show. The MC gave us a history of some of the dances and songs. It concluded with fire dances. Then it was off to bed and wait to be awoken at 12:20 am to get organized to go to the airport. We are sitting here now waiting for our 2:55 am flight to Auckland. Oh what a surprise the flight is delayed, we...

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Nov 21, 2009 - Day 3

Our first full day at the resort. Barb is in 7th heaven. We found out that the resort was used by Survivor Samoa. They booked the entire resort for May, June, July and August. The shooting was done on the opposite side of the island. After breakfast we took the shuttle into Apia. It was a 40 minute drive to go 20 km. The speed limit was 40kph on the road. Out in the country it zooms up to 35kph! We wandered through a flea market and got some souvenirs. We met a New Zealand couple, Ken and Shirley, and tagged around together. We took a taxi...

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Nov 20, 2009 - Samoa (not the one we own)

“Bloody Mary’s chewin' betel nuts She is always chewin’ betel nuts Bloody Mary’s chewin’ betel nuts And she don’t use Pepsodent! Now ain’t that too damn bad!” . . . OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II We arrived in Samoa (the Independent Samoa) this morning with no touring plans other than we wanted to do some shopping (Rosemary was going to try to look up the dress designer we met last year), and to visit Aggie Grey’s Resort Hotel. Aggie Grey is said to be the inspiration for the character of Bloody Mary in the musical “South Pacific” that was derived...

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Mar 30, 2009 - Samoan Island Tour

Since our plane did not leave until midnight we decided to take a tour to the other side of the island. “Aggie” (granddaughter) hailed a cab and pronounced that we were luck as the driver spoke English. She told him in Samoan where we wanted to go (and the price) and we were off to the flea market. He said, ”Herewehavyourfleamaket”. The market was a bust with only cheap trinkets. Back in our old beat up car with the young driver, we headed out of the city. We passed a school and the kids were out on the playground and yelled for us to take...

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Mar 29, 2009 - Arrival in Samoa

The Auckland Airport is nice. It has a lot of shops with mohair stretch tops( like long sleeve tees) and wool hats with possum fur (yes, it’s lovely).A lot of Polynesian travelers were there, some in grass or mat woven clothing. Air New Zealand is a great airline with lots of leg room. Four hours later, we saw the lovely turquoise reefs and green mountains of Samoa emerge from the sea. The landing strip is literally parallel to the ocean and surrounded by coconut palms. We exited via the tarmac ,picked up our luggage at the one low tech...

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