Trip Start Jun 30, 2004
51Trip End Feb 14, 2005
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I arrive in Fiji. Grinning to myself profusely, that I am here.
I'm in FIJI.
On walking to the customs, there are these 3 dudes jamming away at the entrance in tropical shirts, playing tropical music (i can't pigeon hole it, but it sounds cool dammit)
So I've signed up to do a 9 night tour of the Mamanuca Islands, just off the north of the southern island (for those that don't know, Fiji is pretty much 2 large islands and then a few groups of islands, dotted around
After that, I am thinking about going back onto the main land and heading south around the coral coast towards Sigatoka and then to cpaital SUVA. I mean nothing is certain (you guys know what I am like making decisions right?), but its good to have a rough plan. Apparently I am advised against going to the North Island as they had a cyclone not too long ago and a lot of people are in tents. We'll see.
At the moment, I am currently downtown Nadi. The weather is scorching and I'm guessing it will be hotter on the Mamanuca Islands. Time to locate the sun block!! The drive to the hostel where I am staying, was awesome. There were people picking in the sugar cane fields and beyond them were the mountains. People just wandering around looking at me from there shack-type houses. That's pretty much what all the buildings look like. Animals in the fields and all that. To be honest, it reminds me of stuff I have seen on the telly about northern Thailand (not the tourist bit), as they drive through the villages
Everyone in town loves the guitar, so far about 17 people have asked to buy it off me, one person $500 fijian (about 160 quid), but if anyone asks me to play Bob Marley again, I will die. Its a good job actaully that I know 1 Bob tune, otherwise, I would probably be playing for my life. Everyone wants you to come into there shops and hang out, play songs for them etc etc. Everyone is tooo friendly. I have heard that it is the Fijian way, but its scary when you come from a place wear tourists are really acknowledged as different from the citizens.
I have met this one bloke called Didi, who worked in a craft shop? I had to drink Cava as a welcoming ceremony(the national beverage which has healing properties and makes everyone relax) It tastes like rain water from a gutter. Its pretty grim and it makes your tongue go numb. And I have had 4. Go figure. Still, just wandering around the markets and having a good time. I am now the owner of a Sari
Anyway, I am off tomorrow Island hopping to hang out and jam with all the natives. I will speak to you all again when I get back.
Oh yeah, to the Americans reading this, the Fijians drive on the right side of the road, not the wrong one, and they have roundabouts. Ha ha