Back from the Yasawas: Updated in Bangkok

Trip Start May 17, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2007

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Well we just got back from the Yasawa's and Wow it is so amazing. It finally started to feel like the sort of tropical paradise that you'd imagine...

We started off by getting a "bula pass" which means you can cart around for the islands ferry around the islands for 7 days. Getting to the first place was quite a trip, but I enjoyed it because I brought a gameboy to play during the 4-5 hour ferry while Tyler kind of burned up
in the sun. The first place we got to was called Seaspray and was a pretty funny place. Basically the first site we saw getting off the ferry was a badly painted sign that they didn't even bother to nail properly. It was sort of hanging off to the side and there was a little path which looked like it led to a little village. That little village it turned out was our home for the next few days. The beds were alright in a "I'm grateful we have beds anyway" sort of way, and I only had a few holes in my mosquito net.To add to the greatness there was a place named Sunrise right next to our place with electricity and real buildings. We ended up wondering over there one night caring our primitive lanterns (seriously) and when we walked into the lobby room to hang out and play cards the just looked at us and said "Oh you must be from Seaspray come in and have a seat you poor souls." Despite this the island itself was really cool so it more than made up for it. Towards the back there was a really pretty trail you could hike behind and get a great view, and it led to a great beach called the "blue lagoon beach". The next two days we talked to our first of what would turn out many British people we would meet along this trip.

Let me go off on a little tangent about these British people. It turns out in Fiji the backpacking population goes something like this. 80% British, 15% Other European, 5% America. The typical British is around 23 years old and had just worked at his job for about 2 years before quitting and going traveling between 6 months to 2 years. They are much like Americans, but still have those little differences that make them distinctly British. (yeah not a very good explanation, but its hard to describe.) The particular British couple we met here were a little unique in that one guy was listed as an Islamic supporter by the government because he worked for an NGO that worked to free political prisoners and yelled something at a politician. Apparently that isn't the best idea sometiems

Anyways we basically circumnavigated that whole island did some snorkeling, and have some cool pictures which I can't upload since the Internet here is just terrible. The snorkeling was pretty funny because the whole time we were followed by this crazy yellow and black stripped fish. It seemed to be very attached to Tyler so I thing the name Ryan fish fits it perfectly. You know how you can't keep those two apart. We also did a really cool Cave Visit where you go to an island littered with caves, go in a cave and do some cliff jumping. I was pretty cool and I jumped of a decently sized ledge, but I couldn't compare to Tyler who ended up scaling this crazy wall and jumping off. I don't think I'll ever be able to match a Gibsons X-tremeness.

Afterwords We stayed at Manta Ray for the next two nights, and compared to Seaspray it was luxury. We had electricity, and full on great buffets for every  meal. We got some Diving done and because of faulty equipment we got a free dive. We did our divings both times in 'the Caves of Babylon' which were basically coral caves you swam in and out of. We also became natives of the islands by climbing and getting our own coconuts from a tree and hiking up to a crazy pretty view (got some nice pictures). There were also these huge birds flying around that I started to realize were actually bats. They were massive and flying around during the day for some reason.

This is getting sort of long so I'll sum up the rest real quick. Tyler's poor ear exploded and
he is bleeding all over me as I type this. Of course I am kidding (no more emails about this) it
is all better, so no worries. Stayed at a place called Octopus which was amazing and we "borrowed" about 4 books from there library. Our final night on the islands was at beachcomber, which I will just refer to as frat island. It was a small crappy place, which we will never mention again.

Our final day was interesting because we really had nothing to do so we decided to rent a car and drive around. Our original plan was to drive to this national park and do a nice hike to a waterfall, but it turns our our crappy two wheel car couldn't make the trek up to the villiage where the hike was at. Instead we ended up at a hot springs / mud bath and we gave a ride to a local farmer who invited us in for tea and cookies. At the mudbath I faithfully re-enacted the predator mud covering scene, and have a nice picture(s) to show for it.

Anyways I went to edit something in this post, but I'm actually in Bangkok right now. We had a day to spend in Auckland, which is a real cool city, and we are going to check out this mad town. Also Mr. and Mrs. Gibson I think you should be added to this now.. I had instead of so if you have any questions you can either email or make a comment here. Over and out.

Anyways I'll post again once we are in Thailand, which would be about...June 1st?
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