Samoa: when less is simply not enough…

Samoa has the dubious distinction of being divided into two parts, independent (West) Samoa, and American (East) Samoa, like Germany and Vietnam last century…

But both are part of that vast Polynesian migration that started a short few thousand years ago from the Asian mainland over the vast Pacific Ocean…

So you can roam the crowded markets or sip espresso or eat Chinese food in modern Apia by morning, then catch a quick flight to 50’s America in Pago-Pago by afternoon, complete with US post offices, Napa auto parts and Filipino immigrants…

But both are pretty nice, really, and neither are especially touristy, maybe Pago-Pago less so, simply because it is a bit more expensive, though not nearly the exotic high-price travel destination that the name evokes, which is mostly of a by-gone era…

So with Kiwi and Haole connections, Samoa is culturally alert and active, though still part of traditional Polynesia at the same time. That means music and dance and story-telling, mostly, notwithstanding the bad American gang influences that sometimes creep back in, oh well. If you go, remember to exercise, and eat healthy food…

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