Trip Start Jan 19, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Blue Lagoon Resort

Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Friday, January 28, 2011

So, we attempted to post a new entry 3 or 4 times while in Fiji,... but the internet connection totally sucked and was down the whole time we were there.  We took it as a sign that we were meant to be on the beach with a book and a drink instead of inside on the computer, so that's exactly what we did.  :)

So, here's a brief recap...

We arrived in Nadi, pronounced "Nandi", at 5am on the 21st and got off the plane during sunrise of a full moon.  That had to be a good sign.  The air felt heavy and warm... a little different than the 15 degree F and snow we left back at home.We immediately hopped on a bus that took us to Denauru port to catch the boat out to our island.  I had chosen one of the farthest islands away thinking that it would be a beautiful boat ride through the islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa groupings... and that it was... absolutely breathtaking.  We started to rethink that choice after hour 5 of the ride, but we were enjoyed the fresh air nonetheless. 

We finally had made it to our drop off point where we transferred to a smaller boat that took us to the resort on the Nacula Island.  We were greeted with a traditional Fijian song sung by some locals and a cold (ok, slightly cool... nothing in Fiji is cold) fruit drink that tasted like heaven after 33 hours of straight travel.  Whew... we made it.  Our bure (hut) was basic but super cute.  Pretty much a bed, window and a fan.  Perfect for the two of us. :)  We put our stuff down and headed to the beach to swim, hoping to wash the funk off.  Ahhh... we had arrived in paradise.  Padded beach chairs line the front of the resort, the bar is open anytime, and there were free activities all day to join in if we wanted.(hikes to the village, Fijian church, basket weaving, crab races, coconut demonstrations, traditional fijian dance, snorkeling, etc. )  The water was as clear and blue as you could imagine and warm like bath water.  The people were genuinely friendly and warm-hearted and greeted us with and enthusiastic "bula" (hello) and a big smile everytime we passed them.  It made me giggle every time. :)

Colin and I did a whole lot of nothing for the week we were there.  Reading, swimming, snorkeling, napping, eating... yep,... that pretty much summed it up. :)  Oh, we did do some yoga on the beach.  It was wonderful.  After so much preparation and work surrounding the wedding and then renting and packing up our house,... this was exactly what we needed to relax and rejuvenate.  It was interesting though,... it definitely took a while for us to know how to relax.  We live in a society used to being entertained or on the go at all times, and giving ourselves permission to do nothing took a while.  Well, it took Colin a while longer than it took me.  I eased into chill pretty fast... for Colin, it took a couple of days. :)  All in all, ... Fiji was about disconnecting in order to connect.  :)

We left yesterday and took the long 5 hr boat ride back to the main island and stayed in a cheap hostel for the night.  We got up at 6am for our flight to New Zealand. 
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