cultural thing i didnt know existed in samoa til i got here:
samoa's open market has nobody yelling. vendors are sitting on the ground, with tables 2 feet from the ground. its big, lots of products. not really any competition between people.
i asked for 1 starfruit for .50sene and i got 2, "one is for your friend." i asked for a small papaya and got a big one when i asked her to help me pick one out.
in america, i reckon, they'd want repeat customers. i was told that cheap product in samoa are at times easily parted with, if you are nice...
i experiened "white sunday" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Sunday yesterday. we went to a congregational church for it. services were in samoan. hmph, maybe after the pictures are posted by other ppl from my group, ill make some comments, maybe give a lil stori.
this week is the first week of actual samoan language training. eek.
i had my first ava ceremony the day we got in town. http://www.sawg.ws/publications.htm
then i had some more ava i bought from the market. makes your tongue numb-ish. it tastes not so good, has a cloudy, maybe frapicuno colored look. it makes ppl mellow. i disliked the taste. its widely drank here. wasnt my cup 'o tea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kava it was like 5USD for a pack that would make around 10cups, which, if you can drink, will make your mouth numb, like teeth etc.. and make you have a yucky taste...but, your tongue would be numb, so you wouldnt be able to taste the yucky. got-it?
so far, i reckon i needa learn a tad more about samoa before i start making some judgements, eh? the idea of westernization and the western world, well, put it this way, the fa'a samoa, even in the city, is readily apparent. the cops (i went around for a couple of days demanding to know wear they hid their guns if they had a lavalava. apparently, no guns in samoa that are readily apparent, altho, i hear in the villages, things might be different. kidey liharog chayot..., . nor are there death penalty. and the prison has, uhm 200ppl in them? and with good behavior you can visit your family on weekends if your crime isnt deemed overly offensive, altho, this isnt yet verified, ive just been told this.) and maybe half the city folk wear lavalavas also. faitala is the word for gossip. imma gunna be a yenta when i get back.
drugs, well, i think they relate to drugs similar to how ppl that dont know about them relate. many think that marijuana is on the level of meth, if they are aware of what that is. they are zero tolerance here. they dont have a military, NZ and australia handle that for them.
lots of the buildings were funded by govts like nz, aus, china and japan. ill get into china and samoa later. theyve got a connection that ive yet to fully explore, but it is a definite, huge connection.
american samoa is 8 hour boat or 1 hour flight. samoa and AS are heavily linked thru family ties, no real tension, so far thru my inquiry ive determined this.
time, lying, respect, humour, gender, history, youthfulness, old age are all looked at very differently than what ppl from the states are used to (the states, yea, i say the states now).
more for later. i havent posted anything with a pw just yet. so dont fret. i reckon in story mode, itll be pw'ed.