|I forgot to tell everyone that we caught our first Wahoo on the|
way into American Samoa...delicious!
|This is a rather conservative bus, but you get the idea.|
The grocery prices are comparable to the U.S....a little more expensive than the mainland, but not as much as Hawaii (and there's no sales tax). The Cost U Less here is similar to the Cost & Co. in Tahiti in that it sells Costco stuff, but it is much bigger. Almost as big as a regular Costco. The veggies are still slim pickings but we have plenty of choices of bok choy, green beans, eggplant and bananas. We've only eaten out at the fast food joints so far as we took a vote and that was the family decision...so, I can tell you the Carl's Jr. is fantastic (better than the States) and the McDonalds did not disappoint either. The cool thing is that they actually serve you in both of these places and if you want a drink refill or more ketchup, they'll bring it right to you.
Our check in here was a little lengthy due to the number of offices you have to go to, but painless none the less. You have to go to the Harbor Master in the boat yard as well as Agriculture and Customs (in the same building). Then you have to walk a 1/2 mile or so to Immigration. All in all, it probably took us 2 hours...not bad. And you don't have to pay until you leave. Although this one leaves us baffled as we're American and it seems pretty sketchy to have to pay, but it's an island and those are their rules and well, frankly, I don't care...they have to make their money somehow.
Today I ventured out to the laundry mat and finally washed our sheets. They had 36 machines and 42 dryers. I washed 2 loads for $5. I was in heaven. And it's all within walking distance of landing our dinghy.
|Jake and a local boy, playing on the dance floor of the Mexican|
Not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow, but a lot of boats have pulled in the last few days so I anticipate something social going on soon.