Tuesday, January 5, 2010
After Thanh, KC and Rosemary flew back to American Samoa, Julia and I took a few extra days and headed to the south side of the island to lounge at Virgin Cove Resort (pictured here). We stayed in a traditional fale and slept right on the beach! The large hut is the restaurant where at night they had a great live, acoustic Samoan band and mediocre entres. But you couldn't beat the mixed drinks! I did get eaten alive by mosquitoes though and in the photo up top, Julia had to defend my honor from an unusually large rodent that infiltrated our fale...note her weapon is our kayak paddle and her headlamp adds a bit of Indiana Jones charm to the situation. It was a lovely time- and we even ran into four other WorldTeach friends while we were staying there- small world!
For our holiday vacation, a bunch of us teachers went to Independent Samoa for a little get-away. The top picture is of the view from one of our hotels while we were there, The Princess Tui Inn. It was right on the water! The other pictures are of us out to dinner at a fancy bistro (I hadn't had wine and delicious food in so many many months!!!). The other picture is of the city lights of downtown Apia on the harbor- it was lovely!
Here are some pictures from my first two days in Independent Samoa. There's a giant waterfall, smaller waterfalls (which I jumped off of with my friends...awesome) and a giant ocean trench, which you can climb down a ladder to swim in. Also, the coastline is magnificent. At the bottom, we're having lunch at our beach house, where we stayed the first night in Apia, Upolu. Pictured from left to right is KC, Julia, Me, and Rosemary. The picture at the top of this post is of Thanh, Julia and KC at the ocean trench. We had a blast!