Fiji Islands

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2008

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Bula Bula as the fijian grass skirt posse say

Well now, where to begin, i suppose we landed in Nadi the first night and booked a bus to take us to the ferry the next day at 8am. Little did we know that 'fiji time' was the local custom, which was a way of saying the bus will turn up whenever it likes. 3 hours later we got the bus and missed the ferry we had booked (on account of us being in the off-licence at the pier while the ferry took off). After a full day messing around eventually we got the ferry to the 'beachcomber island'. The place is a tiny dot of an island which you could walk around in 10 minutes without breaking a sweat.  The accomo was just one big dorm with about 100 beds. We spent 4 nights there, but the activities gradually got more embarrassing each night. It was like a bad wedding or a dodgy package holiday. At a certain hour there would be crab racing,  followed by Bula dancing, followed by whatever rubbish CD the DJ  had on him that day. It was grand for a while but 4 nights was enough.

One funny memory was seeing a bunch of english clowns jump into a hammock which was hanging off the ceiling in the main dance area. The hammock was only meant to be decorative so the locals got pissed. They chased one of the lads most of the way around the island. The guy ran for his life, but there was no where to go, unless he fancied swimming to another island. The look on his face was hysterical.

We headed to 'Mana' island after the beachcomber. We met a fijian lad a few days earlier at the pier who had a Limerick jersey on. We got chatting to him before he jumped on another boat. Then he rang the captain of our boat who informed us that we had a phonecall. We took the call and looked out the window to see him waving at us from the next boat. He wanted us to stay with him on Mana. When we got to Mana a few days later we had forgotten all about the encounter but as soon as we got off the ferry he was standing there. We stayed with him (seke was his name) and his family for 3 nights. We knocked back a lash of kava the first night (local hallucigenic tea which you drink from a bowl which tastes like shit boiled in a detergent). He had a kava welcoming ceremony for us with his wife and family and we got the 'furry tounge' side effects from the stuff.

The guy we stayed with (seke) was a gas character. He borrowed my phone one night and disappeared. Then he borrowed DJs phone the next night and did the same. On the third night he had his eye on Tony's phone. I think he wanted to swap it for the big brick he had which didn't work.

There was a young german guy (Dominic) working with him, who came to the island 2 years ago and wasn't left to leave. He worked for his accomo and food, and was basically Seke's personal white slave. Poor Fecker.

The only thing about Mana was there was no water for a shower. When Seke heard we were engineers he woundered if we could fix his generator, since there was no electricity for most of the day. We got the feeling we could be trapped on the island like Dominic so we made exit plans.

After Mana we hit Nadi for another night before going to Suva. Suva was the capital and a major hellhole. We stayed in a cockroach infested dump (the colonial lodge) which was actually recommended. At the breakfast table the ants would be carrying the toast away. On the streets there would be rats running around in parts. At night we were told to get a cab whereever we wanted to go, even if it's only 100m away. We watched some local 7's rugby (there was a massive tournament on that weekend) and hit the local Irish bar for stew and cocktails amoungst the ex.pats. A blurry night followed, with dodgy memories of singing some shite karaoke in a Chinese nightclub, which the asians loved according to my selective memory.

At the moment we're in a place called the 'beachhouse' which isn't really near anything but jungle and coral reefs. This palce was the set for the (s) hit tv show 'celebrity love island' where the likes of Lee Sharpe, Calum Best, Sophie Anderton and other 'celebrities' bored the crap out of audiences. The place has a fairly funky set-up. I must go into the 'big brother' style confession box later and rant off about somebody.

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