The Foa Foa tribe was riding high after winning their first immunity challenge on Survivor: Samoa. Too bad lady luck wasn't on their side when they faced off against the Galu tribe at the next reward challenge. The chance to snack on a smoothie seemed like music to the starving players ears until they realized that the drinks would be more rancid than refreshing. "My body was rejecting it. I would swallow and it would come right back up," Ashley Trainer tells In Touch about her sea-slug-guts-and-water-based beverage. Because she couldn't keep it down, Foa Foa lost out on the protein-packed BBQ reward and put a target on Ashley's back. After losing yet another immunity challenge to Galu, Foa Foa focused on removing Ashley from the game. "I was really upset that I got voted out," she admits.
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What was your first impression of Samoa?
Ashley: I thought Samoa was absolutely beautiful. It's a wonderful place. I'm obviously very upset about what has recently happened there. It's such an amazing little island!
You looked miserable in the rain. Did you still love it while it was pouring down on you?
Ashley: No, I didn't, actually. I can't even explain how horrible the rain was. I really, really can't. I was sitting in the shelter thinking that there has to be a break in the weather, there just has to be. That was supposed to be the dry season when we were there. It was insane. We were all soaking wet and freezing. My hands and feet were so gross. It was disgusting.
So, when you got eliminated, were you kind of relieved to get out of the elements?
Ashley: I was so disappointed. I'm a huge fan of the show and was thankful to actually get to play. But at the same time, I was miserable. I could have stuck it out, there's no doubt in my mind. Yet I was happy that I was going to get to be dry and eat and sleep in a bed after I was voted out. I still think about it. I cried last night while watching myself get eliminated. It was such an amazing experience.
I gagged just watching the smoothie challenge, so were you dreading your turn?
Ashley: I was really disappointed in myself and was amazed that I wasn't able to get it down. I was convinced I could do it. Everyone seemed to be able to just swallow it. Jeff hardly blended mine. I couldn't swallow it because I would have choked! Chewing that stuff was horrible.
Who do you think deserved to go home?
Ashley: Liz. I didn't like Liz. We were in an alliance, but we didn't get along. I didn't have any trust in her, and I didn't like her attitude, so I wanted her to leave.
Did you have any idea that Russell was so conniving?
Ashley: I had no idea. He was so good to my face. He really was. He made me feel like I had a strong alliance with him. But he had a secret alliance with everyone. And of course we weren't going to mention it to each other, so that was a smart way for him to play it. I had no idea he was doing the same thing to all of us.
What did you eat as soon as you got back to civilization?
Ashley: I had peanut butter toast. That's what I was craving. Then my first real meal was fish and vegetables and chocolate cake. I just kept eating, and I got so sick.
Would you do it all over again?
Ashley: I really would. It sucks but I would do it again; it was such an amazing experience.
What are you doing now?
Ashley: Survivor was perfect timing — I left for Samoa a couple of weeks after graduating college. Now, I'm searching for a job and going on interviews. I'm looking for a big-girl job!