We are now in Fiji
Trip Start Jan 06, 2009
19Trip End Jun 16, 2009
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We are now in Fiji! Little did we know when we arrived that the last two weeks in Fiji has seen the worst rains, cyclones and flooding since 1972. The worst appears to over now, but some towns apparently had water up to the ceilings of their homes and stores. We saw a bridge that was totally wiped out from the flooding. Some tourists that were here earlier were unable to get to their destinations and ended up staying with local Fijian families until the roads could be passed again. Kris and I just missed all this, and the weather is better now. It's big news on Fiji though. Some tourists on the outer, smaller islands were stranded with no food or water or transport back to the main island. We heard stories of rich tourists offering "anything" for helicopter transport back to the main island, and they were still put off for four days because of the volume of stranded people, and liminted helicopters. By this part of the blog, my mother will be calling the Canadian Army to come and rescue us....just joking!
The good news....the weather has changed, everything is good! The Beach House is a poor man's all inclusive hostel resort. The local Fijians are great and very kind....the island is a bit more third worldy than I expected, but this just adds to the experience. The bus ride to the hostel was 2 hours long and we were the only white people on the bus...it was jam packed and no air! The hostel is clean and they have a nice beach and activities planned for the guests everyday. Yesterday, Kris and I went Kayaking....at one point there was a huge splash in the water and we high tailed in back to the resort....we happened to be by the mouth of a river emptying out into the sea, and I know sharks like to hang out in these locations, so my imagination went wild and we paddled out of there right a way. In the eveinings, there are millions of frogs around...you have to watch that you don't step on any....also the moths are as big as your open palm. I can deal with all of this, but the freaking flying cockroaches are not for me....luckily there are not that many of them....these creatures should not be allowed to fly...they are bloody disgusting. We have gekos in our room every night that eat all the mosquitoes, so that's good!
The other guests here are very cool. There are a couple of guys from London that are really funny. About 4 people from California, and some from Germany. We are all getting along well. Later today, I'm going to learn to make jewelry out of coconut and then go on a guided snorkelling tour. The humidity here is unbelievable!! Even when it's not raining, I feel like I have my own tropical rain storm under my own ball cap. Your never dry here....it would take some getting used to, to live in a jungle.
The local ceremonial drink here is called Kava....it is rude not to drink Kava if offered. It is made from some sort of plant root that is ground up and mixed with water. It is not alchololic, but is in fact an anesthetic...so it makes your tongue go numb...and I suppose if you drink enough of it, the rest of you too! It tastes a lot like a muddy puddle of water.....not that I've actually tried that before!
Well, hope all is well at home....we'll post pictures soon! Take care!
Deanne & Kristin\
P.S. There are also Flying Foxes, which are bats that are the size of a large hawk....they are totally cool!