|Bula vinaka! (Hi and welcome)
It's been almost four weeks since my last update, but now it's finaly here.
This takes place between 3/9-05 and 30/9-05.
When I arrived at the hotel early on the morning of the 3'rd of September, I quickly decided that it was not the place to linger, and then I booked island-hopping for 21 days.
The next day I was headded to the marina to catch the Yasawa Flyer, a big yellow catamaran ferry going to the Islands og the Yasawas.
I stoped on pretty much all of the accisible islands and I spend between one and three nights in most resorts. My top three is:
Nacula Island, Oarsmans Bay Lodge
Naviti Island, Kourovou Resort
South Sea Island, the resort.
I have taken a lot of photos in the past month, so I hope U like them.
Perhaps you're thinking - What have he been doing for so long ? -
Well there's not much to do but enjoy yourself, soak up the sun, read tons of books and swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Fiji. And drink KAVA of course..
Kava is an extract from a plant and some roots. You put it in an old sock and wash it through some water and then you drink it. It tastes and looks like liquid mud, and the only effect is that your lips and tonge will go numb after about 30 min of intense kava drinking. But the locals love it :-)
Most places the food is not very good, and there' not very much of it.
That's gotta be the only downside of the Yasawas, but then again - it's for backpackers, not old people who needs at least five star hotels...
After I returned from the islands, I hooked up with an employee from South Sea Island (Teilei) and she invited me home to stay with her cousin in Suva. They live in the Presidential compound and he's a driver for the First Lady. Acctually most of the family workes for the governement in some sort or the orther. It was quite an experience to live privately in Suva, the capital of Fiji, for four days. Unfortuneadly I was sick the first two days. It mostly rains in Suva since it's on the east side of the main island of Viti Levu, but we had one very nice full day with sunshine. We visited the Fiji Museum and the local market, and spent the rest of the day walking around in the city.
Next day I went back to Nadi town to catch my flight to Auckland.
That's about it for Fiji, but let me introduce you all to the funny Fijian language.
Here is a small vocabulary:
Bula = Hi, hello etc.
Thank you = Vinaka
Thank you very much = Vinaka vaca levu
Big = Levu
Small = Lei Lei
Yadra = Good morning
No = Sega
Yes = Io
Me = Au
You = Iko
Beach = Matasewa
Sea = Waitui
Boat = Waqa
Coconut = Niu
Mother = Nana
Father = Tata
So by now I can't stop saying Bula and Vinaka to everybody.. People here in Auckland look strange when you say Bula to them.. So I'll just say "Kia Ora" instead - that's Hello and welcome in Maori language.