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It’s hard to be believe 10 years have passed

And neither of us has changed!

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Saturday (Day 4) in Samoa saw us meeting up with Angela and Adam who moved to Samoa from NZ 2.5 years ago. Angela and Neil worked together around 12 years ago and hadn’t seen each other since 2001 and we’d never met Adam. They played the perfect hosts, chauffeurs and tour guides for the next 2 days on Samoa. We stayed the one night at another Fale (pronounced far-lay) resort, which was a touch quiet due to the cyclone brewing off shore. We couldn’t work out if we were brave or stupid. That night was a good catch up and drinking evening – just the way it should be. Except for the strong winds and tropical rain! Sunday saw us trying the local Sunday lunch, which, I have to say, wasn’t great. Some of it was edible but for Helen’s bland taste buds it wasn’t palatable. Still, it was worth a try. Why you’d eat some of that stuff though….We then went for a tour around the east end of the island, which took the brunt of the tsunami. Sixteen months on you can still see the damage in places, but it’s really heartening to see so much rebuilding and recovery taking place. However, knowing around 150 people were killed in that area makes you think. We stayed in Apia at Angela and Adam’s place on Sunday and had a far tastier meal at their local Italian that happens to be managed by a lady from Essex! Then Monday was travelling to NZ day. This post wouldn’t be complete without extending a massive “thank you” to Angela and Adam. It was wonderful to see you again / meet you. And great to see you settled, happy and healthy. If we leave it 10 years again, we’ll see if we can arrange for some rain for you in Manchester!!

Posted by neilthelr 01:52 Archived in Samoa Tagged beaches

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