Feejee experience cont
Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
252Trip End Sep 04, 2007
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We started today with a fantastic Fijian 3 hour hike in the rain forest. The reason I say Fijian 3 hour hike is because our guide was uncertain as to how long the hike would take! He warned us on the first day that it was going to be a very difficult hike as many of the hills will be steep to climb and the ground will be wet because of the rain and the mud. That immediately put off three girls from hiking and on the actual day there were only 7 of us hiking and there are 18 of us on this tour! The hike was tough and some of the hills were almost as steep as the sand dune we boarded down. But it was well worth it. I went ahead and set a relatively fast pace which enabled us to finish the hike in almost 2 hours. Which apparently was the first time. Mark kept up very well, he tried his best to overtake me but I was having none of that and my competitive side has just kicked in! Our guide was running on the flat surfaces and when it came to climbing, he kept well away at the back
Once the hike was over and we were leach free, we arrived at the bottom of the river where we joined the others and once we finished lunch we went tubing on the river! That was absolutely out of this world. It was great fun, specially hitting the rapids. Not so much fun when the water was shallow and you were hitting the rocks! But the technique was to lift yourself above the tube! Which sometimes worked and sometimes it didn't! Once we got to the end of the tubing, Marian one of the Norwegian girls shouted to me to grab hold of the robe and pull myself out! Only I had already passed the rope! So I had to swim on my back still in the tube against the current. My arms were dead by the end of it, and as the two of us were swimming to the robe, Kristin the other Norwegian girl looked at us and got up and stood on her feet! Rest assured she was laughing her head off watching us swimming in the shallow end!
Once we finished the tubing we visited one of the waterfalls and had a swim in the spring we headed back to the green bus and found out that it had once again broken down! This was now a ritual that had happened from the first day of the trip
As we got back the bus was fixed and we joined a few others on the bus that didn't go back with a taxi and headed to our hostel. Mark and I once again got upgraded to our own room for the same price! I think they must take Petty on Mark and keep giving us the best rooms!
Next day, visit to the local school:
Today we drove through the city of Suva
After the school visit we headed to the nearby village to see the chief and to learn a few things about village life which predominantly seems to evolve around drinking Kava, which is a local drink made from root vegetables
After the Kava ceremony and getting permission from the chief to stay in his village the group was split into boys and girls. The girls learned how to Weave, while the boys....well...continued drinking! Typical! I learned how to make a bracelet and we also learned how to make a dessert using coconuts, and learning how to get the coconut from the shell. Which I have to say the Brazilians seemed to do a great job at it! I wonder why?
After about 100 cups of Kava and a few bowls of coconut dessert we left the village and headed to our next resort which was VoliVoli.