|Rainbow over Apia|
Lots of traditions have been passed along plus, you can even get schnitzel at some of the restaurants! Everyone speaks English - some with a British accent, which always surprises us.
|Brunch - mimosas and everything|
Everyone coming and going different directions. We have been to several potlucks, happy hours, Kava lessons, a dock pool party, and even a brunch - all very entertaining. It is fun to meet everyone and hear all of their stories.
|Dock pool party - cooling off!|
We have had a couple of real rainy days since we have been here, plus it is more humid than we are used to. So, we do a lot of sweating! But, it still cools off at night so we can get some sleep - good thing.
|Doug in his new LavaLava - very handsome|
Our favorite happy hour - Island Bar and Grill - Wednesday through Friday 5pm to 7pm. Cold 10 oz draft beers for $2 Tala (less than $1 US), plus free appetizers and air conditioning. We will definitely go back.
|Doug and a jug of Vailima|
Apia is also a great place to provision and taxis are cheap. $5 Tala/$2.50 US will get you almost anywhere. The buses are supposed to be great too (and really cute), but they always seem to be crowded.
We have been to two Fire Knife Dance shows (Siva Afi) at the Ooh La La ice cream parlor - right across the street for only $15 Tala.
The first time, was on my birthday and they sang Happy Birthday to me, plus dished me up a huge bowl of ice cream. It was wonderful!
|Happy Birthday to Me!|
|Enjoying the show|
Very entertaining, plus the demonstrations taught us about their culture and history.
|Traditional headdress and Tapa cloth|
|The Welcome/Kava Ceremony (doesn't taste very good)|
It takes a month for the men to finish their body tattoo's that start above the waist and goes to the knees. It sounded excruciating and it is a disgrace to the family if the men don't go through with it. Ouch!
|Dancing with joy - so fun to watch|
We also visited the Museum of Samoa and took the guided tour (no charge, but donations accepted). The museum was small, but a great way to learn about the history of Samoa.
|Young Fire Dancers|
So, we decided to stay in Apia a couple more weeks so that we can attend. We hate to miss a festival!
Plus, we don't have much further to go. Fiji is our final destination this year and it is only 4 - 5 days away. We are getting close...
So, all is well on Moondance and crew are very happy to be here in Samoa. Enjoy the rest of the pictures!
|The slow dance - very pretty|
|And so energetic - tired just watching them|
|Dancers and the Band - wonderful|
|Fire Dancer - Hot Hot Hot|
|Dock potluck - great food!|
|Making Tapa cloth from the Mulberry tree|
|Pounding the Tapa cloth|
|Wrapping fish in banana leaves|
|Cooking our lunch in the Umu|