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Pago Pago Travel Blog› entry 27 of 54 › view all entries
October 17th, 2005 – by: hudonnoodles
Thus far this has been the most depressing 4 days of my trip. I'm going to be blunt and to the point. It was the worst part of Samoan culture and the worst part of American culture blended into one island.
I'm still trying to debrief and sort my thoughts on the island. There were just so many issues jammed into a four day period and none of the issues that I thought were immediate were presented to me in the classroom.
There was the packing plants, the trash in the ocean (and people swimming inches away), the faceless minority groups, the overwhelming Army commerercials on the television, the obesity level and unhealthy eating issues, the apparent drug and alcohol abuse, the SUVs and rising gas prices, and the obnoxious attitidude of my two host sisters.
I felt uncomfortable for the entire stay in American Samoa. It was because of my host sisters being incredibly demanding and overwhelming and because of my surroundings. Admittedly, the view from my house was gorgeous. I lived in a run-down-dirty closed-in-wall house high up in the mountains of American Samoa. My ride to the downtown area (in the back of the pick-up) everyday provided quite a view of the island, until you actually saw the places close up.
The pictures I have of American Samoa represent my stay in American Samoa...depressing.
I will try to write more commentary later. However, I'm still trying to figure out where I stand on a lot of these feelings I'm dealing with.
Much love, Sieni.
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