What a difference five months makes.
I was last in Apia in April - on the Foreign Minister Murray McCully's joint Pacific mission with the European Union.
We visited what was then a sports stadium and to put it bluntly it looked a long way from being anywhere near ready for the UN Small Islands Developing Nations conference which is being held this week. A very long way.
The bulldozers were hard at work, there were piles of earth, in short, it was a construction site.