|Getting Apia ready|
Like an anxious hostess, Apia is getting her house in order for the biggest party in the country's history: Friday's 50th Anniversary of Independence.
Banners are being strung, flashing lights hung along the entire bayfront, fences are being painted and wooden shelters sawed, erected and their roofs thatched.
It's all go here.
|Thatching roofs for Independence.|
Two weeks of holiday have been declared and Apia is positively brimming. Usually folks head out into their villages when they don't have to work. This week the villages are heading into town.
|Not everyone was happy to have their picture taken.|
Everyone is excited. "Are you here for Independence?" I've been asked a dozen times. And when I say I am, a big smile is my reward. I'm sure most people here had to do some research as to who UB40 is or was, especially anyone under 25. I guarantee you not everyone is as excited as I am to be able to see them - not even my friend who flew in with the band today.
The Samoans seem geared up for a party. A group of desolate-looking buskers drew a crowd of several hundred in the blinding lunchtime heat today. They were more audience than the band seemed to want to handle.
All the while the paint goes on, the lights go up, the Samoan flag flies proudly everywhere. And everyone, it seems, is wearing a smile.