Have you ever watched a travel movie or even read a story about some heart-warming and spiritual connection at some far away locale? While I have visited many fabulous places, it is Apia, Samoa that provided such an experience. The island is a little speck of land located in the southern Pacific Ocean and has an amazing offering of very distinct and different environments from which to explore.
The environment is magnificent, but it is the warmth and happiness seen the people here that provides the spiritual connection. Locals are kind and generous people that follow the Fa’a Samoa, or the Samoan way. This involves respecting the matai, or chiefs, aiga, or extended family, and the church. It is the Christian church here that they follow and the motto of the country is “Samoa is founded on God”.
People of Samoa are amazing in their openness. One special person I met, and I felt like I known her forever, is a Samoa native Beatrice. She introduced me to some more fabulous people. The children in the villages are so happy and energetic to be around. Their excitement is contagious and helps you not only explore the island but yourself.
The people here are so colorful and maybe it is because they are competing with the natural beauty. Flowers are found in every beautiful tropical color.
There are no words to describe my experience here in Samoa. The people are beautiful and honest and I achieved an amazing spiritual connection. I look forward to when I can return to this magnificent island to spend some time with my friends and experience more of Samoa.