|View of Downtown Apia, Samoa|
This year our church starts at 7:30 am! That means we are out by 10:30 and have the rest of the day. Today we decided to take a drive and explore some of the side roads and historical sites in Apia. We ended up on a hillside with a great view of downtown Apia. We live about five minutes away from the downtown area.
I was the patient this week with an infection (You don't want to know the details) so I asked the dentist (a friend) for an antibiotic. I forgot to tell him that I am allergic to penicillin, and I paid a dear price for that omission. Luckily it was not fatal, and after a trip to the doctor to treat the infection plus the rash, I am feeling good as new.
Brent and I have loved reading "Samoa, An Historical Novel". I wanted to see where the great Matai Chief Malietoa was buried, which is what spurred our Sunday drive. He led the opposition against German colonial rule at the end of the 19th century. I was shocked to find it on the way to the airport, on a road I have traveled many times. Coming back into town, just a few blocks from our apt. we discovered the tomb of Tamatasese, another great Samoan Leader. Learning about the history of this country has helped me understand and appreciate the culture here.
One interesting custom here is that when you die you are buried in the front yard. If the family moves, they dig up the ancestor's bones, clean them up, wrap them in cloth and take them with them to be buried at their new home. That way the family is always together. I think this is a great idea - what about it kids?