|The beautiful coastline of America Samoa|
When you’ve been far away from home for many months, the thought of spending a little time in a country that starts with the word “America” can be pretty tempting. Especially the thought of being able to re-provision with some real live American products! So after 2 wonderful weeks in Suwarrow, Bella Vita set sail for America Samoa.
When you say you are going to America Samoa everyone wants to tell you how terrible it is. The harbor is supposed to be completely foul after the tsunami that came through a few years ago and there are lots of stories about anchors getting fouled on washing machines or refrigerators or boats dragging all over the harbor during high winds. People also like to tell you (even though they haven’t been there) how terrible it smells because of the tuna processing plants. Basically most folks say the place is a waste of time – dirty, smelly and dangerous to anchor in.
|Heartbreaking how much trash can|
fill the harbor after rainstorms...
|Thanks for all the help Caroline!|
|Keeping the dead close...|
|Now that's what I call friendly officials!|
Another thing worth mentioning was how friendly everyone was. Walking down the street a quick smile would bring a friendly smile and warm greeting in return. And the US Customs guys? Compared to dealing with customs in the USA, they were a big treat. Yep, this image says it all. Don’t be fooled – it wasn’t Brett bringing them donuts....no….they offered their donuts to US!!! Can you even imagine that happening in the states? Our guys could take a lesson or two from these wonderfully warm, but still clearly competent officials. They processed us in and out of their country with a smile and a warm greeting proving once again that you don’t have to be a jerk to get the job done. Very nice!
|Need a ride? The bus system in AmSam rocks!|
|Video AND feathers - sweet!|
All in all, while it rained a LOT and and was VERY hot and humid, we are glad we made a stop in this small American outpost. The people have a lot to offer and the island is very beautiful once you get out of Pago Pago and do a little exploring. And to top it off we’re officially re-stocked with enough Hershey Kisses to make it to New Zealand!
|Another awesome bus ride - thanks AmSam!|