We have been very busy all week trying to procure a rental house or apartment. While we have moved many times before, nothing compares to this challenge. You see, the only real way to find out about places is "word of mouth" and in addition there are no street names much less addresses. We spent day after day driving around all the villages asking everyone we met if there are any rentals available, luckily almost everyone is extremely nice and has offered up any leads they may have.
On one particular occasion, I was out after dark looking for a place located "on the dirt road across from the yellow store" and ended up far from my destination since most of the stores are yellow. It was then I happened upon a Samoan man (Fana Povi) out closing up a school gate, when asked for directions he was more than happy to hop in the car, translate on the phone, and direct me to where I needed to be. He even checked the place out with me and told me there was a better place nearby. So nice!!
Unfortunately the nicest places we have seen so far are on the worst roads, no way our Civic makes it down some of these roads (see below). We are still looking, but have developed a plan to stay at a beautiful place on the water for 3 months while a house on the golf course is refurbished. We are keeping our fingers crossed this comes to fruition.
TIP FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: While I previously indicated you should bring your own "car", I must revise this and say only bring your own "truck"!
I say "quest" because that is what most things become. You can't simply go out and grab whatever your hungry for or even open a bank account in any short time. There is one bank on the island (ANZ) and in an attempt to open an account we waited 45 minutes just to make an appoint which was scheduled eight days later. I have yet to understand the reason for this, but we are rolling with it and tempering our frustrations with the serene beauty all around.
NOAH NEWS: Noah has become accomplished at launching himself forward from a sitting position on to his belly, as well as performing a double roll over. This extends his range of motion greatly and decreased any chance of setting him down on the bed for a moment.
The Jaskowiak Family
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