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Whatchamacallit 52: Samoan Fale

Samoan Fale

Back in 2015, when I went around the world heading east, I stopped in Samoa – I went there because it was the easiest way to get to American Samoa.

It turns out Samoa is much, much, nicer than American Samoa. I could start to try and dissect the reasons why, but that’s not the point of this exercise.

Instead, I reflect upon my time at Taufua Beach Fales – an amazing resort that is about as far away from the main international airport in Samoa whilst being on the same island. I spent was too little time there – it was truly extraordinary and relaxing. Of my three full days at the resort, one was spent taking a tour of the some of the island’s highlights. I do not regret this

Before I forget, according to the Samoa travel site, a fale is:

Fale is the Samoan word for house of any size. Traditionally, a Samoan fale is an oval or circular shape, has a domed, thatched roof held up with wooden poles and has no permanent walls. Roll-down blinds, called pola, surrounded the structure.

I stayed in a beach enclosed ensuite fale – which basically meant I was in the second row of fale, a few steps from the ocean.

I blogged about it: Monday, April 20, 2015, has rocked! From the beaches of Samoa…

At the end of my stay I was given this wooden fale – with this nice pattern on one side; the other says Samoa.

The fale rests on the shelf behind my couch – a quick visible reminder of my time on a truly beautiful island, at an incredibly friendly resort, very much doing nothing.

I want to go back.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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