Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
54Trip End Aug 19, 2008
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Tomorrow we leave Fiji. Perhaps never to return, who knows. Although I have enjoyed Fiji I feel happy and ready to leave, the temperature is abit too much here.
I leave Fiji with more questions than I arrived with, such as "Why are Fijian people fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for a Government in which they have no democratic say?" (Apparently Fijis biggest source of income comes from people fighting in the British army. This to me seems similar to a privatized war, which is completely illegal. Paying people to fight your war. If anyone has any answers do let me know) and also " How can a country seemingly so happy and welcoming have serious humans rights abuses and oppression below the surface, why isn't this more evident?" I do however leave feeling as though I have enriched my senses. Having heard a rain forest alive with sound, smelt things completely new, seen colours that I didn't know existed in nature, felt the continuous heat of the sun on my skin and tasted a fruit to which I still have no description or name.
I think the thing I will miss most is the massage that the scenery gives my eyes, every time you are on a bus, every time you are anywhere. There are mountains and mountains of continuous rain forest that you cant help but see where ever you are. Huge rivers with over handing trees, the kind that Ray Meers would build a bamboo raft to float down. Markets selling colours and smells, and food and drink.
Its a lovely place but my senses do feel continuously bombarded and my body constantly itches. (There are alot of mosquitoes here.) All in all, if you get the chance, definitely give Fiji a visit. But remember, everything runs on " Fiji time" a fact to which the locals are well aware. Two weeks can feel like a month, short and sweet is how I would recommend Fiji. But each to their own.