I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Our slow crossing of the Pacific Ocean
continues with a stop in Pago Pago (Pronounced “Pango Pango”) in American
The Harbour at Pago Pago
After sailing down the US west coast, we
took five days to reach Hawaii, where we spent four days. We then took four
days to get here in American Samoa, where we pulled in for the day early this
morning. I think this is day 19 of our voyage and so we are not even half way
through the cruise. Every couple of days we are reminded to set our clocks back
another hour, so the “Cruise Lag” is a bit easier to adjust to compared to the
Jet-lag we would have had.
Pago Pago is a small town on American
Samoa. There is a lovely natural deep harbour here, surrounded by tropical,
jungle covered mountains. The harbour here is a commercial one with a container
terminal serving double duty as a “Cruise Port”, and an extensive fishing and
freighter fleet docked across the harbour from us.
Pago Pago is not a regular cruise stop and
although there are two ships in port today, it is usually only visited on these
“re-positioning” cruises, and although the locals have made the most of having
almost 4000 shopping-deprived tourists deposited in their little town by
setting up stalls and markets along the main roads, you can see that there is
no serious full-time facilities for relieving tourists of their travel dollars.
Pago Pago Buses
Pago Pago Buses
The exception is the unique Pago Pago
buses. There seems to be lots of these to take tourists all over the island. With
the humid air conditions and proximity to the salty Pacific Ocean, the vehicles
do not fare well, and I saw trucks with rust holes in the roofs. I think that
once they reach that condition, they tear everything off but the engine hood
and front fenders and build completely new, high bodied buses out of the rusted
trucks. Retaining only the front body they hand build bus bodies with wooden
benches and wide open “Natural AC” bodies. These buses are then painted in
bright colours and used to transport people all over. The drivers individualize
their vehicles with carpet and bright colours inside and out. There are simple
small buses that are used by the local people to get around and larger ones
decorated with tropical flowers to take tourists on tours around the island.
Regis On Pago Pago
But the nicest thing about Pago Pago?
Definitely the friendly people. Everywhere we went we were greeted by cheerful
locals with a friendly “Hello!”.