Last Saturday we drove out to the eastern side of the island for a day at Two Dollar Beach... they need to update the name to "Five Dollar Beach" as that's the current price of admission (per person) and is the cost for keeping the beach tidy and the use of the fale's and bathrooms. There is also a little bar and some tables, its quaint and nice!
A fale (fah-lay) is a traditional Samoan home which is typically oval in shape and consists of columns and a roof. There are fales all over the island, but I have yet to see anyone living in one. From what I am told many people still live in them in Western Samoa.
It was almost an hour drive from our house but we got there early and were the first on the beach, It was a little cloudy upon our arrival but the nice folks running the place opened us some coconuts and we hung out in the fale. We were also given our first sample of a coconut which had already begun to germinate. It was delicious! The inside of the coconut turns into a very sponge like consistency while maintaining its sweet coconut flavor. It is natures sponge candy.
The rest of the day was spent enjoying the beach, collecting coral and swimming!
NOAH NEWS: During our day at the beach Noah figured out how to use a straw on his own! He really wanted coconut water and was sick of waiting for us.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: Malo (mah-low) means "hello" (informal)
Fafetai (fah-feh-tie) means "thank you"
Fa' mole'mole (fu-ah-mol-ay-mol-ay) means "please"
The Jaskowiak Family
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