About a year ago American Samoa was finally given an option when it comes to flying to Samoa. For the longest time if you wanted to go, your only choice was Polynesian Air.... and you suffered for it. Now we have Talofa Air and are thankful!
Now if you want to fly to the outer islands of American Samoa (Manua) you're still stuck with Polynesian, but going to Samoa, and now Tonga, you can (and should) take Talofa Air. Talofa Air is slightly more expensive and their planes are seven seat-ers as opposed to Polynesian's fifteen passenger plane, but Talofa flights are faster, on-time, less hassle at the airport and your luggage goes with you.
While it may sound weird, the luggage thing is a huge deal, Polynesian always leaves bags behind. I have yet to fly Polynesian Air without a problem.... broken planes, delayed planes, no luggage etc. We have never had a single problem with Talofa Air and have flown them ever since they came to the island. I was prompted to post this because we very recently tried Polynesian again, thinking maybe competition has forced them to improve..... NOPE. I would have gladly paid the thirty bucks I saved on our flights at any moment to switch back to Talofa. Instead, I was sweating in an 85 degree airport after hours with no available food or water.
Take heed, and take Talofa Air..... man, I sound like I work there!
IN OTHER NEWS......
It has been a long time since I've posted and I thank those of you who encouraged me to get back to it and am very happy that people are getting something out of this blog.
Since we last posted... Noah is a growing island boy who loves swimming and climbing any rocks he gets near.... he has also gotten up close and personal with a fruit bat!
Dad has been to Saipan... and he has gotten too greedy when fishing for sea urchins. Here's a tip, don't touch sea urchins but if you do, just keep a vinegar wrap on it and monitor for an infection. It's not that big a deal.
We have all been to Fiji!
.... and my father passed away. I guess a lot can happen fast. Miss you Dad.
LIFE starts with such good intentions and joy, but Life trips us up and we stumble down paths we're unsure of. It's always a one way street, no chance to try again... we can only press on and hope to find, again, what we had in the beginning. - me
The Jaskowiak Family
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