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Pago Pago, American Samoa

Sunday, 29 September 2013


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An idyllic sunrise show as we approach Pago Pago. The forecast temperatures and the fact that it is a Sunday will preclude us doing anything strenuous ashore today. A quick breakfast after which we watched the docking process as the ship came along side the wharf. We were expecting to see an ambulance to be there to pick up Barbara but although we spent almost an hour on watch we didn't see her go ashore.

We walked ashore and ran the gauntlet of eager taxi drivers and tour-bus operators offering a variety of deals. We walked past many closed shops and bought some inexpensive craft items for Jenny's stockpile. Called in at McDonald for a large Coke and then headed back to the port. Very hot and high humidity ensured we didn't spend a lot of time in the dock-side stalls but did manage to snag a few shirts.

Jenny had problems with her cruise card again - this is the third card. Quickly replaced at the purser's desk but a bit of a nuisance. Unloaded our purchases and made our way to the Horizon Court for a light lunch.

After lunch the usual R&R as we prepare for the sail-away and dinner. The town of Pago Pago was very quiet because it was Sunday and our sail-away was almost a non-event. The three policemen who had 'stood' guard all day were the only people on the dock.

Dinner was a bit subdued as thoughts turned to Barbara and Barry as we wondered how they were doing. After dinner we went to the Vista Lounge for Mark Kristian's 'comedy' show. His jokes were old but well told, his singing more enthusiastic than brilliant but he redeemed himself with a very beautiful rendition of "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" with just the piano as backing.

Clocks back another hour and the calendar forward a day - Monday 30 September 2013 is anther lost day for us as we cross the International Date Line Westward.

More tomorrow.
My photos are posted each day to http://365project.org/tonydebont/365
Cheers ... Tony

Posted by greynomadm 01:46 Archived in Samoa

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