So this is Fiji...not a bad place to stop for a few months. I'm in week 3 now and really enjoying myself. I've met lots of people at Homestay, where I'm living, mostly kiwis which is a worry, but they're lovely all the same :-)
I won't write much here, because I've put descriptions in the pictures. But basically I've been keeping busy, when I'm not at work I'm out having dinner or drinks somewhere and weekends I try to get out of Suva, which makes coming back to work more bearable.
This is my travel journal. I will be recording my overseas experience online with family and friends. I will post photos, my iternary and general notes on what I did in each city. It is also a fantastic way to stay in touch!
See you soon. :-)... full info
Homestay roomMy balcony...perfect for relaxing after work with a glass of wine :-)
Fijian Cultural Village river tourA friend from Homestay, Jane, and I spent a weekend at a backpackers near the beach. The accomodation was part of a cultural village complex. It gave an insight to olden day Fiji.
Priest of the villageDuring the river tour we saw different aspects of what village life would be like. This was the priest, identified by the big mother of pearl necklace...i was a bit jealous of it!
Fijian dancers at the cultural village showThe cultural show was really fun, they had firewalkers, dancers and just general 'life' in a village. At one point the village boys were going to have a competition of who could open cococuts the quickest. They decided the prize would be Jane and I and were making a few gestures about 'coconuts'...hmmm...questionable behaviour. I looked around the crowd at this point and realised we were the only young girls there, prime target for their attention obviously.
FirewalkersThey had a whole ritual around the firewalking (including no female contact for 2 weeks before walking!). They had the fire built, then placed the rocks on the hot coals and heated them, then turned them, and bunch of other rituals.
Chiefs HouseThe village was all man made for tourists, but it was fun seeing what things used to look like. This was the Chiefs house.
Lovely blue skyWe had the beach all to ourselves on our walk and it was lovely. But looks can be deceiving, standing the one spot this is the view I had when facing South, but if I turned around....
Not so picture perfectLooks can be deceiving! Makes you wonder about all those glossy advertisements you see...maybe they just happenend to be facing the right way. I've gotten used to overcast days, Suva gets a lot of rain, so although it might be warm it isn't always clear blue skies unfortunately.
Pacific HarbourI'm guessing this is why they have named the area 'Pacific Harbour', cause there wasn't much else that looked like a harbour! This was where I got the boat to go diving a few weeks ago. Our accomodation was about 15 minutes up the road, we passed this on our morning walk.
Tsulu backpackersThis is around the grounds of the backbackers and cultural village. It was really pretty and they did really well in making things look 'authentic'.
Luxury backpackersI never knew there was such a thing as luxury backpackers, but apparently there is!
Waterfall roomOur room was in a an apartment called Waterfall. There were about 4-5 rooms in each apartment which shared a common lounge area, bathroom & kitchen. We had bunks in our room and could lock it when we left. Pretty good set-up for a cheap option.
Waterfall motivesAll the walls in our room & the common areas were painted in various waterfalls. It was kinda cool, gave it a bit of life.
Waterfall loungeroomI saw the apartment next to ours was called 'Sunset' so I'm guessing they had sunset's all through the rooms.
The pool @ Tsulu backpackersThis was such a cool pool, it actually had sand all around it. There was a hot tub up the back and a pool bar and had top 40 music playing the whole time. At night they lit lanterns around the pool. I really like it :-)