While we had a great time at a resort in Samoa, staying there was completely different than experiencing the life people have when living in Samoa. Getting off the tourist path, we can better experience the culture when we travel. Leaving the resort a few times, we were able to meet locals, ask questions, and take photos. While I have never personally been living in Samoa, I am hoping these photos will share a bit of what life is like.
Obviously, they are doing something right, as everyone we met was happy, friendly, and seemed less stressed out than those of us who live with all the modern conveniences we consider to be so important.
Living in Samoa – Rural life – Fales
A fale is a traditional Samoan architectural style. It’s an open structure with a solid roof, although beach fales often have thatched roofs. In the rural areas on Upolu, we saw many structures using this traditional style. Often, whole, extended families live together in one fale, sleeping on mats at night. Others are used as meeting houses. When it rains, tarps are put up to keep the interior dry.
In Samoa, both the kitchen and bathrooms are typically separate from the main house. This prevents the house from burning down in a kitchen fire, and is also is more sanitary.
Living in Samoa – Rural life – Modern Homes and Vehicles
Each village we saw had a mix of fales, and more modern homes, with walls, windows and doors. However, regardless of main home style, the kitchen and bathroom are generally in separate buildings. The local women’s committee’s in each village are responsible for making sure each extended family keeps up a beautiful appearance.
Living in Samoa – Rural life
If you are looking for the resort life, we stayed at Saletoga Sands resort in Matatufu.