Some stories & Sunset photos

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
Trip End Aug 19, 2008

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Today we were faced with a dilemma, we had run out of sun cream, someone had stolen my shoes and we had no food. It seemed that a shoeless trip to town to stock up on used, eaten and stolen goods was necessary. The day began immensely hot, which made the whole dilemma seem worse. After deliberating for over half an hour about how to get to Singatoka without shoes (its about 45 minutes drive away) we decided to take some shoes we had seen outside the bathroom. They had been there since we arrived, in the same position, covered in the same dry mud, so we figured they belonged to no one.  We headed off to town in the sweltering mid day heat after a deliciously filling free breakfast , me in Oonaghs shoes and Oonagh in our new yet old gold shoes. (Oonagh wore the gold ones because I have sun burnt feet and couldn't handle the stiffness of the gold shoes...) and waited for no longer than a minute at the bus stop until a mini van came past. The minivans here are a little more expensive but they get you there faster for F$3.

Our trip was very successful and seemingly expensive. We spent about F$135, and when ever we checked our finances through out the day we accidentally said "One hundred pounds spent so far... I mean Fijian Dollars." Budgeting is easy here because the figures seem so high, but really we did very well. We bought five bottles of sun cream (wont be running out in a while), lots of pasta and noodles and soup and COOKIES!, and all together three pairs of shoes (that seems like alot but one of the pairs of shoes cost  1.5 pounds, English Money.) On our way back we caught a bus, it was around 3 o'clock and the bus went a different way to usual. We stopped outside a school for 15 minutes while we waited for the children to finish and catch the bus. We could see them playing in the field and some of the children waved at us. There was a man sat by the school gate selling bags of nuts to the children and teachers, and talking to the children while they pointed at things. One thing you notice here is that the kids don't cry very much. On the bus everyone talks to each other and the adults talk to the children as though the children were adults and everything seems to work.

The sunset today was amazing. The camera ran out of battery before I could upload images, but I shall put them up next time, to impress you all again. There are tastes and smells and colours here that I'm not sure I've ever tasted or smelt or seen before. Having made the mission to town and got it over and done with we are free to do whatever we like tomorrow. Probably rise with the sun around six o'clock (the time I always seem to get up here), have breakfast at seven, read until eight. Go out in the boat and snorkel at nine, get back at eleven, swim till twelve, maybe a free coconut jewelery weaving class till two, swim until three, free afternoon tea and scones at four, hammock till five, explore till seven, snack till eight, make dinner at nine and spend the evening at the bar, talking and watching the sunset.

I shall leave you all now and I will blog again soon, or maybe get Oonagh too, although I think she enjoys reading it. We miss you and love you, (although Oonagh isn't here to ask, I'm sure they are her feelings). xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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annamum on

Such a busy life
But what about time for knitting? One should always make time for knitting I like to think even when one is in Fiji.
Still I suppose jewellry weaving thingy sounds similar.

Hey Oonagh? How's it going? I done the rest of your washing yesterday and it feels strange to be hanging out your washing when you haven't been here for two weeks!! Tee hee.
Did you get my emails about your bills etc?
It sounds like you're having far too much fun to bother about stuff like that though...

Frernk has been lying about on the landing for 3 days now.
Love annaMum xxxx we all miss you back here - Mimi and Mason read your blogs which we printed off xxx

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