It's getting close to my anniversary of living in Samoa. I've spent a lot of time off the island & been lucky enough to get home to Australia at regular intervals. But living on a tropical island is pretty much as good as it sounds. I've found a great little groove and I hope I can stay in it for a good while to come.
Ive started to spend more time down around the harbour area. It's an interesting little place. I wouldn't say it's beautiful, but it has beauty. At one end is the fames Aggie Greys. Aggies is a luxury hotel thats been built around the site of the old Aggie Greys hotel. Talk about histor. I've heard many stories about the hotel set up by the hostess, Aggie Grey herself. I've heard it was a burger bar for visiting US marines and navy men in World War 2. I've heard Aggie was as much a madam as a hotelier. I've read that it was the place visiting Hollywood film crews and stars stayed at when filming in Samoa. I'm trying to learn more about this little icon at one end of the harbour.
Passed the black sands of the edge of the harbour is the working port. The occasional cruise ship pulls in but it's mostly big ships full of containers and fue, not humans. I feel a little more connected when I see a big vessel sitting in the docks. I know they are the lifeline of my island, with no air freight the seasre all we have. I especially love the light those ships throw across the harbour as the sun sinks away at the end of the day.
There is a lot of talk that the third side of the harbour will be developed soon. It's a little bit ramshackled and a bit of a wasted space so I hope they do something. Not so much that it changes the harbour, but enough to add something to the practicality of the port and the prettiness down around Aggie Grey's.
I like being here. I'd like more excuses to be here.