Friday, October 9, 2015

Day 51 (5th October 2015)

The main street of Pago Pago, American Samoa – am hours

The Flowerpots – one of the tourist attractions along the western side of American Samoa.

Our tour buses and our well-built guide. Located somewhere along the western side of American Samoa.

One of the local houses along then western coastline of American Samoa.

The memorial to the victims of the 2009 tsunami – located on the western side of American Samoa.

The remains of the houses that were destroyed by the 2009 tsunami, American Samoa.

The ex-Governor’s house on the western side of American Samoa.

At the ex-Governor’s house – check out the large Samoan guide in the picture.

View of the rough western coastline of American Samoa – showing the inclement weather we experienced.

American Samoa is full of meeting places such as their structures. Located near Pago Pago.

At the Pago Pago Heritage Maritime Centre – this awesome globe is actually a 360 deg TV screen.

Wooden sculpture along the main street of Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Fagotogo Square, Pago Pago, American Samoa – the main shopping mall on the island.

An unknown building in Pago Pago, American Samoa – perhaps an old church?

View of Pago Pago from the high Golden Princess deck – almost departure time.

A zoomed view of Pago Pago, American Samoa taken from Deck 15 on board the Golden Princess.

We arrived in Pago Pago at 7 am. The weather here was terrible, rain and windy. Nevertheless we boarded our tour bus (a local style bus that designed for midgets) and headed west of the island. American Samoa is in USA control using American dollars and the Samoans are huge people. Our tour took us to a memorial where many islanders were killed in the 2009 tsunami. Quite macabre and then headed for the ex-Governor’s house, who apparently was a corrupt official and during his FBI investigation was killed (perhaps by suicide). Now his wife kept the building and died last week – we did notice flags were at half-mast. Why we were allowed to go through this house is rather insensitive, so we thought. Currently their children care for the house and is in slight disrepair. After three house we returned to Pago Pago and had the afternoon to ourselves. The little capitol was crowded with us boat people and all wifi access was ineffective. Basically no messages could be sent albeit trying to download data. We returned to the ship and Neil has come down with Anne’s cold. After dinner it was an early to bed. The Golden Princess left Pago Pago at 5 pm. We think that this place is not a clean place, the locals believe in conservation and the planet’s wellbeing however everywhere we went there is garbage on the ground and unsanitary. Cheers.

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