|WESTERN SAMOA PART 2|
| Who says it's peaceful and quiet and relaxing out here? Not
always. Earplugs anyone? No wonder you see the locals
sleeping everywhere during the day. |
These industrious kids were selling their leis outside the restaurants and hotels, others sold woven fans in the streets downtown. One thing they all had in common, they love to have their picture taken!
We explored Apia, visiting the marketplace and cruising the streets. We bought some hand painted fabric and had lava lavas made up for about $12 each.
Beverages at "Sails" overlooking the harbour.
Gord and I both went to the doctor today. My feet....his back. The one room examining area, tucked away in the back of some shops with a blanket covering the door, produced a local doc who gave us both prescriptions for drugs. But Gord's meds just made him sick and sleepy. Mine really had no effect, other than to empty our pocketbook another $150.
|FIRE DANCE COMPETITION |
The big final competition was held out on the grassy field across from the harbour. I think every cruiser was in attendance to cheer on their favorites.
|The Kids Fire Dancing division was
amazing. All the time it takes to practice is well worth the effort
though...there is 3000 Tala (about $1500) up for grabs for the
winner. The Men's Division was followed by a demonstration from the
World Champion Fire Dancer.|
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There was graceful, slow Siva dancing by the Samoan girls, very unlike the fast paced dance of the French Polynesia...Siva is more akin to the Hawaiian hula. The men's dancing is macho and aggressive. Above our friend Lenny from the practices (2nd from right) demonstrates the traditional dance.
All the men and boys wear lava lavas (skirts) and dress code is very conservative. Many of the cruisers were seen sporting their new lava lavas (pictured left is Marv in his). Despite Gord's Scottish heritage, Gord did not partake in the new attire.
It is not proper for the women to show their knees, so shorts are out. Pants are too hot as daytime temps are in the high 90's. Wearing lava lavas is weird for me because I am not used to wearing skirts all the time...not even when I was in the back-home world working. It's hard to maneuver over life lines and in and out of dinghies, crawling thru a maze of boats to get to the tie up wall, wearing a skirt.
had met a fun loving Samoan woman named Tina, who had been living in New
Zealand until recently and, she was a sport's massage therapist. She
agreed to come to the boat and work her magic on Gord's back. However,
Gord was too sick to pick her up at the dock and left her waiting for
over an hour. So when we ran into her, she gave Gord the punishment he
deserved, then agreed to come to our boat the following day! |
We took a taxi to visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. It was interesting to see his lavish home, restored to it's original condition and furnished with his original furnishings and decor. Marv & Donna made the hike to the gravesite, but with Gord's sore back, we didn't make the trek.
|Another taxi ride took us to the Bahai'i House of Worship. A young couple from Iowa were the caretakers of the temple. Western Samoa has a multitude of churches, too many to count. There are churches every kilometer including denominations of Catholic, Seven Day Adventist, Mormon, Protestant, Baptist and Baptist. Perhaps that is why Samoa was chosen to site one of only seven Bahai'i Temples in the World.|
|The Baha'i Faith represents the unity of religion. This unique House of Worship has a 19 meter dome situated in peaceful landscaped grounds.|
The plan was to have dinner on Endless with Sirona, then take in the Traditional Dancing Competition. However, the boys got into partying so Donna, Tanya, Duncan (her son) and I headed to shore to take in the activities. Unfortunately we were too late for the dancing but the MacDonalds Variety Show was still on and it was entertaining.
This morning there was a huge parade along the waterfront. Each
denomination, choir group or other organization marched in blocks of
color (pictured in background) which seemingly went on forever.
had to raft all the boats in the anchorage together at the wharf, which
meant rafting 5 or 6 deep against the tugboats to make room for the long
boat races. Ascension is the boat pictured in center. |
MISS TUTTI FRUITI CONTEST
We attended the popular Miss Tutti Fruiti Contest where Fa'fafinis from Samoa vied for the coveted title. What a hoot. The contestants ask that we were to laugh with them not at them so that is what we did!
We had learned about Fa'fafinis in the Marquesas and saw their presence throughout the islands, working in stores, restaurants and in just walking in the street. Fa'fafinis are men who act and dress as women. Usually the seventh boy born in a family of no girls is raised as a girl to help out with the cooking and chores, so it is a very accepted part of the culture. I am not sure of their sexual preferences, some are definitely trying to attract other men but I am told that some are also married with children.
friend Tina (the masseuse) started the show by singing. She has a
wonderful voice and is very popular with the locals. The male
contestants were knockouts and very feminine... giving the women here
competition. They had the undergarment division, the fruit outfits,
talent, and evening wear.
Happy hours continued as we awaited a weather window to sail overnight to Tonga. We are looking forward to meeting up with other cruisers in Nuiatoputapu, the northernmost island of Tonga.
|PHOTO ALBUM OF SAMOA|