One Last Stop

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

17th - 22nd December 2007.

Our final stop on this incredible trip was Fiji. We had pre booked and paid for all our accommodation and food and drinks (including beer) before we left, which was a good thing as we were almost out of money. The transfer bus picked us up from the airport and proceeded to break all land speed records en route to our resort. The islands wide speed limit is 80 km/h but our bus driver never went below 100....ever.

We decided on the Hideaway Resort on the Coral coast as it looked pretty nice on the internet and had a reef break straight out the front. Unfortunately, the waves didn't get over ankle high for the five days we were there until the last afternoon, but by the time the tide came in enough the wind was up so no waves in Fiji.

We went to the watersports counter to hire a kayak one day but they told us the tide was still too low, so we grabbed a couple of spyboards. Spyboards are small plastic boards with a Perspex viewing hole to see the reef. We got a couple of strange looks from the scuba divers as we strutted past with our spyboards thinking we were pretty cool. When we reached the water we realised that spyboards are probably for kids rather than those in their mid thirties, and are pretty dam uncomfortable.

Our time in Fiji was a great way to finish off our trip. Warm days by the pool, tennis challenges, happy hour fiji bitters, and some great food. On our last afternoon we got a surprise as an old friend, Melissa, walked past our room as we were playing cards. We caught up with her and her husband Jason and their two kids later on and had a few drinks. Then Jason and I had a few more drinks. Fiji bitter is a great beer when you are drinking it, but not so good the next day, as we both found out. Seedy!!! To make matters worse we had to leave and catch another a transfer bus driven by an even more psychotic bus driver. This guy was texting, looking out the side window on the wrong side of the road and hitting every bump he could find whilst playing Christmas carols at full volume on the crappy one speaker sound system. Did I mention that I was extremely hung over...

We caught our plane and arrived back on Aussie soil mid afternoon on the 22nd December. It's been hard to finish this blog off as it only confirms that our big trip is over. It's been a month since we returned and we've just finished our first day of work in ten months. Our minds keep drifting back to the places we have visited and the people we met along the way that made it so special. We have been asked by so many friends and family, "How was the trip?" , but there is no way to answer. They ask, "What was your favourite part?" and there is only one answer...."ALL OF IT!!!!"

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