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Apr 30, 2018 - Lautoka

We were in Fiji about a month ago. A few days after we left we saw stories on the news about the devastating floods in Nadi, the town where the international airport is located, a few miles away from Denarau where we stayed. We saw video of people floating down the main street in rafts and using power boats to rescue people stranded in the rising water. They got 18” of rain in twenty-four hours. Two weeks later another equally large storm passed through, before they got a chance to recover from the first one. When the story disappeared from...

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Mar 26, 2018 - Bula!

I must have said Bula two hundred times today. That is the Fijian word for hello and you can hardly pass a local without reciprocating the friendly Bula he says with a smile on his face. It feels quite genuine, although it occurs to jaded tourists like us that it is to the advantage of everyone we encounter to keep us happy. They ask us lots of questions about our lives and appear to be interested in what we say. Conversations often end with a hand shake. We spoke to a number of boat tour agents today as we researched how best to spend our...

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Mar 25, 2018 - finally back on land

After twenty hours in the air, it's great to be back on the ground, especially in such a lovely place. We landed at 6:30am and airport staff was ready for us. Immigration was quick and easy and our bags were checked for agricultural items that could bring disease into the country. It was great to see all of our luggage, although mine was the worse for wear, missing the strap and two of the locks. It was also wet and I remembered seeing rain streaming down the window as we waited for the plane to take off in Los Angeles. My bag must have sat...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Farewell Fiji...Hello Melbourne

As I reflect on the Fiji portion of our trip, couple interesting points of note: 1) The country, which was colonized by the British many years ago, still feels very English in its culture - drive on the left, Queen's english spoken, significant number of residents from another English colony, India (almost as many as Fijians). 2) The country, and certainly the island of Vinata Levu, is far more mountainous than I realized yet none of the mountains are the result of volcanoes (at least according to our taxi driver). We couldn't see this...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Hermit Crab Queen....Helen

Last full day in Fiji today and it was as it should be - very relaxing. Shea and I had a nice walk on the beach in the morning, and aside from getting harassed by a local or two to ride their horses early in the walk, were left alone. Kids continued their neverending pursuit of the elusive hermit crab and came away with a handful of good ones - of course, they will be staying here despite Helen & Yates protests as I'm sure my friends in Customs would not take too kindly to transporting live animals across country lines. On the point of...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Golf at Natandola Bay

Had an opportunity to play Natandola Bay today - home of the Fiji Open and a course designed by Vijay Singh. While they plan to play the tournament in August and the views are spectacular (see pics), they still have PLENTY of work to do to make it tournament ready. Highlights included the 400 lb pig on #2 tee box, the children who so kindly grabbed our tee shots from the green on #4 (par 3 hole) and handed them back to us when we arrived at the green and the locals on #5 fairway who were laid out by the left side bunker with their dogs...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Bula Bula

So if there was one word in the Fijian language that I could master, it would be Bula. Apparently, this word means "hello" "goodbye" and everything in between and is literally uttered at each interpersonal interaction. Needless to say, the Fijians are constantly engaging us and could not be nicer or more willing to please. To that end Joana, one of the ladies working the Sunset Bar, has taken a personal interest in our family and has gone out of her way to make sure the kids are happy and Shea and I have everything we need. If you were to...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Back at the Beach

First day at the Intercontinental was as we hoped for - sunny, warm 86 degrees and no humidity. That being said, while the beaches and water are beautiful, I'm still not sure it is better than the white sand of 30A. Everyone woke up fairly early and we hit breakfast - one of the nice features of the hotel is that breakfast is included (about the only thing) and the spread is an impressive one ranging from eggs and bacon all the way to curry chicken and Japanese dumplings. After breakfast the kids hit the pool and I snuck in a workout -...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Traveling to Fiji

Time to get out of the cold and into the sun. This morning we flew from Queenstown to Auckland (with about 2000 British & Irish Lions' fans as they go back to Auckland for the final test) and then Auckland to Nadi. We took Air New Zealand which was quite a pleasant travel experience - flight attendants very friendly (unlike the ones on our American Airlines flight to Auckland), all the seats had TVs so the children were entertained and they even provided a meal on the Auckland to Nadi leg. Once we got to Nadi, we had to work our way through...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Bula

From Fiji, the land of cannibals. Yes, they were here. In the eighteenth century when Europeans were sailing around the Pacific exploring, everyone avoided the Fiji Islands. Fiji got the reputation in Europe and early America as the land of cannibals, and Tahiti and French Polynesia got the reputation for paradise with beautiful women and therefore lots of trade. Remember Mutiny on the Bounty? The crew, deciding they didn’t like the tyranny of Captain Bligh, set him adrift and went back to Tahiti. Some of the mutineers sailed off to other...

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Feb 10, 2015 - Lautoka, Fiji

Pete had a fine visit in Lautoka. The weather was nice, with temperatures in the 80's. He enjoyed getting outside off the ship a little bit. His job responsibilities are going well, although he is quite a bit busier with his scheduling and other jobs. He is feeling very confident about assuming the Music Director responsibilities in a few weeks because he has already been doing most of the job.

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Jan 22, 2015 - Leaving Sydney right before Australia Day - Headed to Nadi, Fiji today

I won't have wifi until we reach Hawaii so I'm doing the next two days ahead of time so that the trip map continues to get us back to Alaska! We fly out today (22nd) toward Honolulu with an overnight stay in Nadi, Fiji to break the trip up. As we are leaving Sydney there are signs showing the locations that are being closed off from 7am to 6pm on January 26th which is Australia Day --- the day they gained independence from England, yet stayed in the "family" by being in the Commonwealth. This is a national holiday with family gatherings,...

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