A Day in Samoa


This is the hill right outside our driveway. Its my early morning nemesis because I’m trying to avoid dying an early lazy-writer’s death – by going for an energizing walk every day. I walk to the top and then feel like puking. I walk down and up the next hill, then feel like puking. Perhaps “energizing” isnt the right word for it?
      Then I have a breakfast you certainly wouldnt eat in New Zealand.

Chilled esi (otherwise known as papaya) with a squeeze of lime. Its delicious. And unlike the energizing walk, it DOESNT make me feel like throwing up.

A day in Samoa is often hot, sweaty, dirty, and busy. And ALWAYS colorful.

Perfect pinks, the ‘suni’ flower. (sorry dont know the English name!)

The gleaming silver of my massive steel barbed wire fence. (now THATS something I didnt have in NZ!)

A myriad of greens. Lush and rich.

Mashing mushy yellow misiluki bananas for banana cake – a serious endeavour for Bella.

Brown. Colors of earth on a quick trip to Plantation House to say HI to the grandparents.

I dont have a desk to write at yet so the next best place is my bed. Under the fan on full blast and with a cautious eye out for centipedes and rogue pili (geckos).
Samoa. Its a blessing to be home again.

14 thoughts on “A Day in Samoa”

  1. you are still blessed to be home with the ones you love……..
    whatever hardships…..its not hard cos you are HOME.

  2. Dear Lani – this post with the photos and the colours and your oh so accurate descriptions made me teary with nostalgia – thank you 🙂

      1. I bet you are! Hopefully this will result in a new book. Any chance for that? 🙂

  3. Lani we missed you in Samoa. But we did go to Plantation House and your mum had just made some pawpaw cake (with chocolate chip) and she generously gave us one to take home and we generously ate the whole thing (Alan, his mum & I) for afternoon tea. It was delightful.
    I love your honesty with Samoa! A country of many contrasts and beauty all in one. It was my first time back to Samoa in ten years, not as cheap as I remember. How do people manage to get by? That was my biggest surprise and town is crazy busy and so sad to see those beautiful pulu trees cut down. I chuckled when you mentioned the dogs, my sneakers didn’t get much of a work-out because I was scared to go for a walk (and the heat was an energy killer). My kids were bothered about anything, heat, bugs or otherwise, they loved it and it made a holiday relaxing and enjoyable.
    Hope the transition back home is stress free and exciting 🙂

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