A small paradise on earth
It's funny how I always seems to write when I'm about to travel to my next destination. Tomorrow I'm going to Mexico!
But here's an update from last time..
My English travelmate, Shaun (who is a firefighter(how cool is that??)), left Tonga and went to Samoa. We crossed the dateline and magically got Tuesday all over again! Fun!
Samoa was as we were told, possibly better than Tonga. We stayed in Apia (the caitol) on Upolo for a couple of days before we took the ferry to the other island, Savaii. There we stayed at a place called Jane's Beach Fale. Fales are really cool beach houses that are made out of wood, bamboo or something and straw.. Quite hard to explain, but photos will come later. I had my own fale about three metres from the beach. It was colder taking a shower than swimming in the ocean..
One day we went for a very strenious walk to see the craterman. We've been told to visit this person by a facinating woman that lives in Tahiti where she tries to save white faced monkeys..
It was hard and hot, but Shaun and Kyle (a Canadian we met at Jane's) were good company. At the top we met craterman who walked us the final bit up to the crater. He put a flower behind my ear and made me a glorie out of some kind of bush, I looked a bit like Jesus.. He called me the craterprincess... I was warned before I got there that he is looking for a craterwoman, so I did not get too flattered by these gestures. The boys found it hilarious though, as they would.
I swore after the Tongariro crossing that I would do no more hiking, but after the craterwalk I had to swear again, definately no more walking!!
The next day we decided to go to some waterfalls called Afu Aau. We got a lift real close by a German guy. But don't you know it! We had to WALK to the waterfall through privat land in cowcrap and wet grass. We ended up taking our thongs off cause otherwise it was too slippery.
It was worth it though, the waterfall was magnificant! And it had a natural pool that we swam in and jumped off cliffs.. It was pooring down, so we were the only ones there which was quite a blessing.
We got wet to the bone trying to get back, I've never seen such rain!
We had brilliant weather one day, the day we left.. Still had a really great time.
One evening we went next door to see a fiafia-show. Girls dancing tradtional Samoan dances and boys doing a firedance. Truly amazing! I have to back and see some more firedance-shows!!!! In fact, it should be a weekly broadcast from a Samoan show on NrK every Saturday!! I might have to write them a letter..
So I was really sad leaving Samoa. (Deja-vu... I feel like I've written something similar a couple of times before..)