We Have Arrived In Fiji.........Good Times :)

Trip Start Jan 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 26, 2006

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hello Everyone,
Well although we have traveled through the international date line, across the equator, and overland and boat we have finally arrived on the Nananu-I-Ra Island Lodge. The plane ride was very long(11.5) hours, but I must say I like Air Newzealand! We watched few movies with complimentary drinks and snacks the whole ride, how is that for great service! We arrived in Nadi(pronounced Nan-dee), Fiji at 3:30 am on Jan 25(we left at 12pm on Jan 23...Crazy)! We gathered our packs and headed straight to the nearest couch, and rested till our shuttle arrived around 5 am. We headed in to down town Nadi with a gorgeous sunset rising in the background. Then loaded into the shuttle bus headed toward Ellinton Wharf to catch our boat to the Island. The 2 hour (bumpy) ride thought the main island of Vita Letu was very cool and really showed a side to the people and lives of the Fijian's. We saw all the school children headed off to the "Colleges" in their matching villages's uniforms. Some of the girls in green dress with white bows in their hairs and the boys with green shirts and shulas (Skirts or Saragons), and tons of color variations along the way. People waived and shouted Bulla (hello in Fiji) and we were so excited to finally be in Fiji!! We arrived at Ellington Wharf, which was not so much of a wharf, but more of a boat ramp. But is had a little waiting spot and cold drinks, and of course great views of the Islands. We arrived at Nanura Island Lodge around 11:30 and it was great! Free Kayaks, free snorkeling equip, and a beach front room! Tons of palm trees and hammocks.....Paradise. We spent the first day sleeping of the jet lag and lack of sleep, and then spend the next day laying on a hammock and kayaking over the wonderful coral reefs. The people are great and the atmosphere is amazing! It was Australlia Day yesterday and there was a cricket game and a traditional Kava Ceremony (tastes like wood tea). We have to sign off now, but know that we have figured out the Internet we will right again and with more pictures. We miss you all and We will be in touch soon.
All our Love,
Molly and Conor
Getting tanner by the day.....
Sorry no pictures yet their computer is quite old and on dial up, but we are on a island in the middle of the ocean.....so.........
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