While the beach was technically located at a resort, there was no resort building or tourist incentive for coming besides the beach. In fact, the resort is so rural that our bus had to idle while a herd of cattle was ushered out of the roadway (picture below).
The beach today was protected by a coral reef. This means a couple of things:
- The water was safer because sharks and other large fish won't swim beyond the coral reef.
- Snorkeling was excellent. Lots of coral. Lots of pretty fish.
- The ocean floor and the beach itself were covered in sharp, abrasive shards of coral. Ouch.
In any case, Supy took the picture of Blakey and me above. This was taken in front of the Fale we staked out at the beach just as we were about to share our lunchtime snack. A fale is a traditional Samoan hut. You can see PCT Dan and Training Director H.P. in the fale playing chess as well as some other Peace Corps Samoa trainees and staff.
All in all, the beach was beautiful, and the day was a success. I covered myself in sunscreen and re-applied after a while, and I escaped with a little color and a little burn on my nose. Others in our group were not so vigilant.
Yesterday afternoon we watched some Samoan TV in our hotel room for the first time. We watched a strange Japanese Anime movie, title unknown, and then later this evening, a Filipino soap opera, which we think was titled "Margie." I felt cool because people were speculating that the language was Samoan, and then Indonesian. And then I recognized "Salamat" and "Cuya," and I knew what was going on! Thank you, Union City. We also played more Euchre last night. It's kind of become the game of choice around here.
Today was back to training with language in the morning and water safety in the afternoon. More on that later.
Thanks for all the comments. They are fun to read. More pictures below.
View from inside the bus as cows are ushered out of the way.
The beach again.
Playing cards in the evening. From left to right: Gore, Blakey, Phil, Joey, Paul, Me, and Dan.
Even in Samoa, Obamania is alive and well.