Samoa – what a sweet surprise!!!

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Kava ceremony for our group at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Was not planning to post about our brief stay in Samoa but WOW – what an exceptional experience. Wish we could have stayed longer to really explore Samoan village culture, traditions and customs. I was especially fascinated by the different styles of Samoan architecture and also wanted to hike up to the peak at Vailima where Robert Louis Stevenson is buried.

Here are the highlights from our short stay:

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum – the home of the Scottish writer (Treasure Island), who lived here  with his wife, her children and his mother.  Stevenson loved Samoa – and its inhabitants loved him.  He died at a relatively young age and is buried on top of a mountain on the property.  The house tour is amazing.

Samoan culture, customs and traditions – our guide (an untitled man) piqued my interest and I especially wanted to learn more about village life, the role of the ancestors, women’s groups, the importance of tattoos (the word comes from the Samoan tatau) and traditional music and dance performances.

The architecture – LOVED the traditional building style especially the meetinghouses.

Pictures below.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON MUSEUM (VAILIMA)

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Exterior of Robert Louis Stevenson’s home – and now museum

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The smoking room with one of two fireplaces in the house (and the only fireplaces in all of Samoa). The wallcovering – batik – is fabulous.

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Fanny Stevenson’s bedroom

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Their medicine room where Fanny served as nurse/doctor to her husband

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The dining room – note kitchen was outside of the home

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The veranda

 

SAMOAN CULTURE

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Typical style of total body tattoos

SAMOAN ARCHITECTURE

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Meeting house

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Meeting house

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Chiefs meeting in village meeting house

NEXT STOPS: AUSTRALIA and CAMBODIA

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Our Nat Geo private jet

 

 

 

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