Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
And finally, a video from the bottom.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Busses are colorful and loud in Samoa, and stop wherever people want to get on or off.
As a result, they don’t follow schedules, stop frequently, and you might find yourself waiting for an hour or so for a bus to come along (remember, there’s only one road around each island, so walk down your street to the ‘ring road’ (my name, not theirs) and wait for a bus going in your direction)!
If you take a bus, I hope you like loud reggaeton music! :-)
These busses weren’t the most awesome, they’re just what I saw in the bus depot on the day I flew out:
ME STYLE – the best kind of style!
(Yes, that’s a Samoan flag out the back of this bus.)
This bus driver was “Born to be Famous,” though we’re not sure why.
And finally, a “school bus” which in all cases (almost) is just a personal vehicle that is a sort of “carpool” to get kids to school, often a work pickup truck:
Churches are uber-important in Samoa, with most being Christian, and a visible portion being Mormon (LDS). On one 30 minute drive, going roughly 20 mph (max), Meagan and I counted 60 churches. That’s one church every 500 meters. Very important to the culture. Here are some photos that I took from our moving car; note that they are not special specimens, just a random sampling:
And finally, this shot shows a fancy, ceremonial fale (beach hut), and a burial site; it is common to see folks buried in front yards of houses, churches, or villages (usually the village chief, etc.).
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Loads of wild dogs terroize school children, church goers, and all other walkers and bikers in Samoa. They’re a pain. This stray dog, however, is being cared for in the ‘western’ way (for lack of a better description) and will become a house pet. He’s adorable. Contact me for higher resolutions.
There are rare bats living here; read a bit more on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoa_Flying-fox