We were told not to expect much at the guest house, however, our low expectations were not quite low enough. We were greeted by several geckos running around the walls. Theron quickly found the holes in the window screens and chased as many out through the holes as would go and then plugged the holes and killed the rest. There were two bedrooms and one bed, the bed sheet was covered with flying ants so out came the Mortein (bug spray, we need this type in the states) and the sheet was replaced with some we had brought with us along with pillows, towels, utensils, food, etc. We know how to go camping. There was no hot water, so Theron determined that the pipes needed to be primed (of course this was Monday morning when we went to take a shower) BURR! cold water shower. Now don't start thinking shower with nice door, clean tile, and shower head -- nope, this was spider infested tile and a pipe out the wall. We didn't bring a broom, so we walked around with our shoes on. My estimate is that this typical of many Samoan homes and much better than some I've seen. We survived and completed our work, but after one week of living here we voted ourselves back to our own island.
These pictures are the view of Vaiola Campus from the 270 steps that lead up to the Vaiola letters on the hill side.
|Starting up the stairs.|
|A selfie at the top|