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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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Jan 18, 2015 - Lautoka, Fiji

Pete had the day off in Lautoka so he was taking it pretty easy. He didn't have any real plans when we spoke to him but the weather was fine and he had been off the ship. After two days in the Fiji ports, they were headed out to sea for the long trip back to Sydney. Everything is going very well for him right now.

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Jan 10, 2015 - Lautoka, Fiji

We took a water taxi to the town of Lautoka, Fiji and walked through the streets for several hours. Then we had a taxi driver do a little tour for the two of us out to a village, to coffee factory, through the country side and then to the part of town that held the Parliment and President's house. It was a very interesting glimspe at how hard it is to make a living in these towns and how expensive real housing is because so many foreigners are buying it to have a second home or create a resort type of setting for tourist. The water taxi...

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Dec 25, 2014 - Lautoka, Fiji

Pete spent Christmas Day in Fiji, which is so far away from Indianapolis that he was almost to the International Date Line. The time there is 18 hours ahead of us in Indianapolis so his Christmas was almost over before ours began! He has not received his Christmas box from us yet but did celebrate Christmas with his friends on the ship. The Music Director, David, had a party in his cabin, which Pete enjoyed very much. There were some special activities on the ship for which the band played, including the arrival of Santa Claus! As of today,...

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