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Aug 9, 2013 - The Two Fiji's

The Two Fiji’s Kristin and I jabbered like hens all the way home in her American SUV with the steering wheel on the wrong side for the left side driving of Fiji. She had things planned for every day I was there, saving her big surprise for my last night. I was so happy to see her so happy here. She was teaching special ed part time at the same International school that her children attend, volunteering there as well, she had good friends, she and her family have many adventures on the islands of Fiji, and the whole family seems to be...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Last Days in Fiji

We had a Tsunami Warning on our last day in Fiji, following a 8.2 earthquake east of the Solomon Islands. It was a little unnerving, since we were not sure about the proper procedure. Needless to say that nothing happened, but it was good to see the warning system working and followed by most of the population. For our last two days we stayed at the Raintree Lodge, just outside of Suva, the capitol of Fiji. The Raintree Lodge was situated on a former Quarry. It was a beautiful setting with 97 identified local plants and with a surrounding...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Jan 14, 2013 - Fly to USA/Return Home

What would a flight be without drama? Our flight from Sydney was delayed by about an hour. We were able to spend the time in the Air New Zealand lounge. Free food, drinks and wi-fi. Our plane had two levels for business/first class. We were in the upper level. We had flat-bed seats again. Great food on the menu to choose from. When we landed in San Francisco, we found we had missed our connection. We had to wait until the next flight, which was no big deal. We did, however, lose our first class seats. We were able to sit in exit row seats,...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Hervey Bay Area

Today we ventured out of Hervey Bay to look for birds on our own. According to our sources, we went to two locations about 75 km away. Both were in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. One site took us down roads not maintained for street vehicles, so we had to walk quite a ways. We didn't find any of the target birds, but did see our first White-cheeked Honeyeaters. Plus we walked about three miles in the process, enjoying ourselves until the sun heated up. The second site was at Inskip Point, which is where the 4X4s take...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Vanuatu to Fiji - Markets & Cannibals

Port Vila, Vanuatu – Nam-ba-wan Market This is where young Jim Michenor got his start with Tales of the South Pacific. I have met the man who claimed to be responsible, the father of one of my fraternity brothers at Vanderbilt. Bo’s father said he was in Washington DC early in the war working in communications. His commander wanted to assign him to a post in the South Pacific. Mr. Sudduth suggested that Michenor would be a better candidate since he was unmarried and actually wanted to go. True or not? Who knows? But there is still a...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Suva, Fiji

Friday, October 7– Suva, Fiji We arrived at port at breakfast time. The weather had been cloudy approaching Fiji and this day began just as the night we left behind at sea, dark and mysterious. Suva is the capital city of Fiji, with a government having been somewhat unsettled since this former British Colony gained its independence in 1970. It all goes back to the American civil war, when American cotton exports were under embargo and England needed another source to supply their mills. Fiji was thought to be a place to grow cotton but the...

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Oct 6, 2011 - At sea to Fiji

Thursday, October 6 – At sea In case you wonder- day omitted - we skipped Wednesday! We have a short week and a day at sea to rest up before our next port of call! Our history lecture series is now discussing the impact on this region of the Pioneers and the Imperialists. While this has been exceedingly interesting stuff to learn in conjunction with our travel, I’m sure I would have dozed through much of this in a regular college class.  - No offense Laura! As our next port is Fiji, we also had a destination lecture on the background of...

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Oct 4, 2011 - Pacific Harbour, Fiji - Sept 27-Oct 4

September 27, 2011 Even though we didn’t need to be up early, the Kiwi in our room was up around 7am and the two Asians were unpacking and repacking and changing beds and generally being f*cking loud and annoying so we were both up fairly early. I still felt bad so just laid in bed and read before going for a long shower. Once we were packed we went down to the common area to hang out. Our flight wasn’t until 2pm and I soon found out it had been delayed until 4pm. It was barely 10am and they already knew our flight was going to be at least...

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Nov 11, 2010 - Fiji#7: Homesick

Something strange happened to me for the first time in my life 2 weeks ago; i felt homesick! I lived in LA for 4 months when i was 20 years old and i didn't feel it then. I rang home and had a chat with my Dad, it was great to hear his voice and we caught up for 5 mins before the phone cut out. After the call i had a strange overwhelming shocked feeling. I sat down and Jamie looked at me asking was i ok. I taught i was, but it then hit me later that night when i couldn't sleep that i was homesick! I lay in bed thinking about all my...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Fiji#6: Papercrete

Papercrete is something very interesting i have being work with! We are using it to plaster a wall but i am sure it has many uses. Step 1 Tear up any type of paper into small squares and soak in cold water for no less than 48 hours. Make sure you store with a lid as it smell really bad! Step 2 Take 5 cups of shredded paper and add to a pot of water and boil for 1 hour min, stirring occasionally. Step 3 Pour out hot water and use drill attachment and stir the paper pulp until it has broken down into the paper fibres. Make sure there are no...

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Oct 24, 2010 - Fiji#5: Taking a Step Back Part 1

A lot of my blog so far has being very factual and informative. I am going to take a step back and talk about whats going on in my head! Where to begin.....I am really enjoying my time in this country. The work is great, it is very manual so i finish work sore and aching! I was also asked to be the Team Leader of the project (which i am dead chuffed about, i can never escape being an engineer!), so I am enjoying that role working with Jamie, Pip, Vara and Jona. One of the volunteers has left. I don't think he was suited for this kind of...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Fiji#4: Is their anything you cant do with bamboo? ha that rhymes!

I am going to write a bit about bamboo! A lot of my day revolves around working with bamboo. It is on limitless supply in Fiji and you can do lots of things with it. Harvesting the Bamboo Every day we get up early and head into the Bush (Fijians word for the jungle). We use a machete and chop the bamboo at an angle with a hard swipe, if you get the bamboo cut in 2 clean swipes it is a great feeling! We usually aim to get large diameter bamboo about 20 nodes in length. We then take a bamboo each on our shoulders and walk back through the...

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