Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
52Trip End Apr 16, 2007
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Fiji has been and gone, so we'll give you a late update of the 3 weeks we spent there. We have also loaded the Cook Islands pictures to view. Just to delay us even more, our laptop also has not been working (due to water spillage), up until when Lou decided to put the hair dryer to it and hey presto, it's working again!! Love it!!
We left Rarotonga on 26th May and arrived into Nadi Fiji at 4am on the 28th May, due to the fact we crossed the date line!! Anyhow the funny bit, Dan fell into a huge muddy hole getting on the airport bus and covered his body in sh*t!!! In the process of doing so, receiving a sprained ankle (How the bus load laughed, especially when the transvestite driver was trying to help him up!!! At that point, Lou cried with laughter!
We lived on mostly Veggie curry. The chef couldn't quite grasp the fact that fish wasn't vegetarian though....! The staff were very entertaining and supplied lots of activities, which included dances with fire sticks and machetes! (See the video clip in our photo section of Fiji). There was free snorkeling in the day, which came to an abrupt end when Lou blew chunks (sea sickness) over the side of the boat, for the whole hour (the fish loved it!) We also participated in light hearted fun and games with the other guests, which included using parts of our bodies, cucumbers and a lime!! Lou's team won, so Lou made all the team complete a victory dance for the full Island to see! mmmmmm.......
There was a lot of Cava drinking! By the way, this isn't Champagne in Fiji. It's a powder from a root, which is drained into a bloody massive bowl....
The next few days were spent back in Nadi, just being lazy again. We visited the city of Loutoka, which to be honest was nothing special. The highlight was finding a private club, full of ex-pats from around the world, who seemed very keen on buying the peasant backpackers (us) a fair few drinks. After yet more Veggie curry we decided to hit another island
The Fiji part of the trip was nearly at an end, up until Lou decided to add a 'special' end to the trip, which did happen to be one of the highlights so far! We were happy to be having a few leisurely drinks with our new pal Scott, when the hostel activities man came around, to get us involved in a few party games. Dan was just content to play a few easy games, but before you could say 'that's all for now...' we were also signed up (included Scott, who hadn't even said a word) by LOU, to do a scuba dive the very next day!! Well this was to cause a fairly sleepless night for Dan. The very next morning didn't do much for Dans confidence, when all the training we received before the forthcoming 11 meter plunge, turned out only to last just over a hour!!
We had a grand finale in Fiji though. How come the drunk you get, you've got to either be up early, or have a flight to catch etc.... Well the one and only night we went to a Fijian night club in our 3 weeks there, happened to be the night before we were due to fly!! The best bit though, was the Italian Rugby (1st team) were some of our fellow drinkers. They were earlier losers against Fiji in a friendly game. Some of the pictures we have added are of some of the team members, most of which were 5 nations players!! Guess what?? It was a rough flight to Auckland the next day!!
Overall, our 3 weeks in Fiji were been brilliant. The people can be so friendly and happy (with the odd exception of course) and everybody just wants to wave and show you their hospitality. The word 'Bula' (meaning hello and life) is used nearly with every new person met. It's certainly a thing that would never occur in most parts of the UK!! The vast majority of this volcanic island is beautiful, with amazing beaches, reefs, rainforests and highlands. Also, you get the mix of native Fijian and the Indian (asian) population, which makes it quiet a diverse experience. There is certainly the poorer side to Fiji, which makes certain areas/towns not a great place to visit, especially at night. But all this doesn't take away the fact that it's a place that can grab you and make you want to re-visit. Its New Zealand next and how the cold weather will be a shock!!?? Talk soon all. Lots of love x