Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
18Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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Fijians, however, take this to a whole new level. Here, it's called "Fiji Time." And it makes your typical island time look fast-paced. The locals here like to say, "No Hurry - No Worry". And this mentality extends to all aspects of life.
No one who drives is in a hurry here. And that is made obvious by the fact that the national maximum speed limit is only 80 km/h (48 mph). Despite this, you are more than likely to average less than 60 km/h, considering that the speed limit through most towns and villages is 20 km/h
And nowhere is peoples' propensity to avoid hurrying more evident than in hospitality. This took a while for us to get accustomed to, considering how the hospitality industry operates in North America. Here in Fiji, you can consider yourself lucky if you place an order for a drink and it arrives 15 minutes later. Sometimes that beer you ordered could take a half hour to get there. But damn! That nice cold beer will be the best thing you've ever tasted, in this hot, tropical, humid heat. However, this is where a situation can develop... You see, you cannot nurse a beer here. It's just too hot! By the time your beer arrives, the bottle has already begun to sweat. Within minutes, every slug on the bottle is a mixture of ice cold and quickly-warming beer. If you haven't finished your beer within 10 minutes, you'd be better off to just order a new drink, because the one sitting in front of you will be warm as [insert preferred metaphor of choice here]...
Despite this, Fiji TIme is quite contagious. Within days, we found ourselves to be acclimatized to the slower pace of life.