Published: October 29th 2008October 29th 2008
our first day!
We're sorry we've taken so long to update our blog for the first time! We're currently in New Zealand but we'll back track for now and talk about what we've done so far. The first stop was Fiji! we landed into Nadi on the more southern mainland. We spent one night at a hostel named Smugglers Cove. It was beautiful but not quite the Fiji beaches we were soon to learn existed! The next morning we hopped on a boat and made off to Waya LaiLai, an Island in the Yasawa region north of Nadi. It was raining the first day but we were still in shock of the beauty and serenity. Our dorms were pretty basic, as in we had bug netting around each bed, and the beds swayed in the wind. We spent two nights on this island, and through some visits to the local village were able to catch a glimpse into the culture. We mostly spent our days lying on the hammocks near the beach napping and reading, however one morning we moved our lazy butts and took a sunrise walk up the mountain behind our hostel... at 4:45 in the morning. AMAZING. It
was so cute this little itty bitty puppy made the entire trek with us with a little help along the way. The Fijians invited us to a Kava ceremony one night after the nightly entertainment. It's made from a root native to Fiji and makes your mouth and tongue numb. It was pretty much like muddy water... yummy. They offered us a bucket of kava to ourselves... as you can see by the picture.
We then made our way to Beach Comber island, closer to the mainland. It was amazing beaches but super small.. it took 10 minutes to walk around it! This was a much different experience than Waya Lailai, more of a party island.. but we're glad we had both experiences. We arrived into a dorm of about 100 beds... craziness.. and nets for walls. We met a bunch of amazing people here, some who we also saw at Waya Lailai, from sweden, australia, germany... pretty much everywhere.. oh and some Canadians too! We also did a snorkeling trip to the reef - they took us out on the boat and dumped us off in the middle of the ocean... literally, we thought they were kidding but
In Waya Lailai
they drove away.. haha. Anyways it was pretty amazing, such beautiful fish, so colourful and the coral itself was beyond belief. Now about the food. The package we bought included accommodation and food. So morning, lunch and night we ate from huge buffets where they would load up our plates with massive amounts of food all in one huge pile. Oh yeah we went back for second regularly.. sometimes thirds.. not gonna lie. We knew we couldn't get used to this life as we travel around the world. We were sad to leave this island but knowing we have a lot ahead of us made the transition easier.
We then made it back to the mainland where we spent three more nights closer to the town. We randomly ended up at a hostel called Nadi Bay which ended up being pretty nice, except for the roaring airplanes that flew over it every couple of hours. Poor us hehe. We spent most of our time around the hostel... more specifically around the pool because it was about 40 degrees, and humid. Again poor us. However inspriation came from above when Jennie got hit by a falling mango from a nearby
tree, we decided One. oooo maybe we can eat these things... and we did.. many of them.. and Two. maybe we should move our butts off these lounge chairs. Note: Jennie survived... We did manage to make our way to town one day, we were shocked by how incredibly nice the locals were, one even decided to be our tour guide and took us on a tour of the town and the shops, her name was Mrs. Bula (Which means Hello/Welcome in Fijian). We were proud of ourselves for hopping on a local bus and making our way around the town. We also went on a trek to find the beach nearby. More mango eating took place.
So this concludes our Fiji story. We then made our way to Auckland, New Zealand which we will discuss later, as our time is running out! By-the-by we rented a car... it's pretty much amazing and we NEVER want to leave!! By-the-by again... we love lambs.. they are wicked... woot
Much Love!! Em and Jennie xox
Finally got the pictures up!! enjoy!
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