Fiji Time (Part 3) - Bitten by Love Island
Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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Where I stayed
One of the things that sleeping in about 45-50 different places in a 4 month period all within the same rough budget of 40-60 quid a night gives; is a sense of perspective. We kind of know what we are going to get. And so when you stay in Fiji in a backpackers hotel/hostel; you know it is likely to within reason, just be a bit shit, just because there is less competition and what do you need out of a beach hostel?
You are in Fiji, so expect bugs (although we barely saw any at the Bedarra) and you are at a backpackers resort in Fiji so expect lots of young ladies wearing bikinis wanting to chill out and sunbathe and lots of young men holding their chests in and up trying to impress the aforementioned girls with their guns. It’s a little sad to see, but quite sweet also.
The Beachouse is no exception. We were quite impressed actually. It might be different if it was a lot busier but for now it is pretty good. There is 'ta da’ free wifi, which is a right shocker
After arriving on the most frightening of taxi journeys where the driver thought it necessary to endanger our lives on no less than 7 or 8 occasions by swerving violently across the road to avoid potholes at nearly 80 mph we quickly made base in our garden double at the Beachouse. It’s a quite big room with a double bed and 2 singles with an en-suite outdoor toilet and shower (lots of bugs out there – gives you the willies a little thinking of a gecko sliding around under the seat of the toilet). Price isn’t bad at about 50 quid a night. The room lacks air-con but that’s because it is meant to have this ‘at one with nature’ feel. It certainly has that. We have a couple of geckos, an army of ants, a good few spiders and feel very close to nature. When you sit outside on the toilet you are undercover so you don’t get soaked by the near certain rain.
Once settled we lazed about on the hammocks and the couple of loungers that are available and had a bit of a soak in the pool and in the sea
It was nice seeing quite of lot of youngish English travelling around but once again we are kind of pleased we don’t have the attitude some travelers have in that they are a bit aimless and clearly not quite with it. We overheard one quite intelligent girl probably of about 23 who intends for the next couple of years to get a job fruit picking or something else towards the bottom of the food chain in order to fund her massively low budget traveling in Australia
Oh well. It’s not a proper rant because I don’t really know what my point is. I was just saddened a little to see someone very clever clearly throwing away a decent life in the UK to fruitpick and to scrape their way around a country. I will move on as I am getting more and more like a grumpy old man by the minute; there is a reason behind this however
The Beachouse is relaxed and fun and lives to all the backpacker in Fiji stereotypes. It has a full activities programme for quite cheap. The food is really good. The place is nicely presented. We actually really like it. On the downside, I am writing this blog at about 5am because I haven’t slept at all, all night, because I am itching from the 20 or so bites I sustained from bloody ants or mosquitos (I have picked out the culprit just yet – but when I do there will be consequences) towards the end of the night outside, there are squeeking geckos all round, there are insects throughout the room crawling everywhere including in the bed, the heat is unbearably uncomfortable and the fan chugging away desperately trying to cool us down is depressingly noisy. That being said, we put ourselves here – and as I said at the start, it was to be expected.