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Feb 27, 2014 - Fiji time!

I arrived in Nadi, the tourist capital of Fiji, at 5pm, and quickly got through checkin. I headed straight to my transport to my hostel, which was provided by the people from "feejee experience". I headed out into the heat and humidity, which was even worse than that in asia, and then relaxed in my hostel. Next morning, and it was still raining! I met two swiss girls and a guy from hereford called harry, who were also doing the trip. We then picked up a ffew more people, including carolina from Denmark (who i had spoken to both on the kiwi...

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Fly on the Wall

Jan 25, 2014 - Nadi, Fiji

Board our Air Pacific flight at 2:30pm today and find ourselves sitting right in the back row, in a row with three seats. We have the aisle and the middle seat booked and sit there rather nervously watching everyone who comes down the aisle, mentally willing them not to sit with us. Fijians (or to be fair... Polynesians)are not exactly known for their svelte figures and having flown Air Pacific a couple of times now we know to expect more than the occasional passenger of massive proportions. With not many passengers left in the aisles we...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Fidschi, ein Traum

Der Flug nach Fiji ging super früh, somit war ich schon kurz nach 10 dort und wartete nun auf meine Abholung. Während des Wartens konnte ich die anderen Touristen beobachten, die mit Muschelkette begrüßt wurden, aber ich saß immer noch wartend im Cafe. Nach einer Weile rief man im Hostel an und tata... man hatte mich vergessen. Wie sollte es anders sein, es kann ja mal nicht einfach alles glatt laufen. Somit wurde ich ins Taxi gesteckt und zum Hostel gefahren. Das Hostel ist in Hostel in Nadi Bay direkt am Meer. Das Hostel ist weitläufig,...

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Aug 21, 2013 - The Intercon

The Intercon August 5th Kristin and I were exhausted the day after our marathon dolphin watching-happy hour-bar hopping night. As an officer of her PTA, she was committed to working an hour at the school fund-raiser the next day, a flea market type of affair where local artisan’s buy table space to sell homemade items ranging from food to jewelry. She and the kids and I packed into the car around 8:45am and headed off to the school. The crafts were amazing; carved spoons and bowls, hand dyed scarves and sarongs, woven baskets of every size....

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Aug 5, 2013 - Don't Walk Under the Coconut Trees

Don’t Walk Under the Coconut Trees “When you get to Fiji, don’t walk under the coconut trees or you’ll pop your clogs.” This was the only advice given to me by my Kiwi friends and they were serious. Coconuts ripen, like any fruit, and when they fall, they do so from a very great height. Coconuts are heavy and dense and if they hit you on the head, they will kill you. “Pop your clogs” is like our “kick the bucket” in Kiwi. Tens of people, not just tourists, die each year from fatal coconut related incidents. It’s a helluva way to go, but...

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Feb 4, 2013 - Fiji

One week in Fiji, with the plan to add some beach and snorkel and possibly some hiking time. Fijians are an interesting people. They are one of the happiest people on earth and like to laugh a lot. Fijians seem to be happy with very little. Apparently the British have failed for more than 100 years to make them see why they should work for money. Much addicted to walkabouts the Fijians would disappear from the fields, retired to the mountains and let the Indians do the work. He grew his own food and let the Chinese run the stores. Even...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Dec 2, 2012 - Bula, Fiji

Friday 30th November We are up early, check out and are at breakfast soon after 6am. We are offered a wonderful full buffet breakfast. We recognise a few faces from last night, but there is no sign of Adam and Nicole yet. We wonder where they have got to, but have not got their room number, we just know they are on the 13th floor (and at that time didn’t know what their last name was). We are taking our time with breakfast until we look up and see a huge queue for the airport shuttle bus. We hadn’t thought about the delay getting back there...

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Nov 18, 2012 - tropical paradise!

Easy trip to the Christchurch airport after surprisingly good sleep in our classy abode. We caught the local bus at a stop couple of blocks away and were settled in at the airport using their internet to update our sadly neglected blog. We had tried to get online with frustrating results at several locations in Christchurch but at the airport there was very good wifi and a couple of hours flew past before it was time to clear security and go to our gate. The attitude of the people working security is totally different from the states as...

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Nov 8, 2012 - Fiji Vacation; Day 6 & 7

I took a nap the rest of the rainy day 5… then got up for dinner. There are three new couples who arrived today. One couple is from the UK and Germany (the girl is from Germany, he is from the UK). There is a couple from Italy who currently live in Aussie… and a couple from England who live in Hamilton, NZ. They are all rather nice and actually engage in conversation! We had a great dinner with homemade vegetable soup, bread, free range chicken, cooked veggies, potatoes, and fruit for dessert. The girls and I sat up and talked for a bed.....

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Nov 6, 2012 - Fiji Vacation; Day 5

I can’t believe it is already day 5! AH! This morning I woke up.. headed to breakfast.. and then.. out to the caves!! I must include.. today is really cloudy and rainy.. but the caves are… well they’re caves.. so you aren’t really outdoors! The water taxi picked us up and took us around to where the caves are. They are about 20 minutes or so away! We took a small little fishing boat.. and off we went! The caves are gorgeous!! You pull up to this huge, cliffy, green island and get out on the beach where we met a big Fijian guy who told us a...

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Nov 5, 2012 - Fiji Vacation; Day 4

I will start where I ended my night last night.. dinner and kava! I did not get to do the kava ceremony.. but was promised we would do it tomorrow (today). Yesterday we got two new dorm mates.. Shane from England and Paco from Germany. Shane is 24 and has traveled through America (NY and Cali) and to here.. where he will then go to NZ and Aussie… Paco has been in about 40 different countries and has been traveling for 4 and a half years. He has incredible stories about his travels and they are so interesting to hear about!! The reason he is...

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Nov 4, 2012 - Fiji Vacation; Day 3

It’s already day 3, AH! Where does the time go? I woke up this morning around 8 am. Breakfast is supposed to be at 8 am, but I learned from the others who have been here longer that Fiji runs on Fiji-time.. which is a really relaxed time schedule. SO.. they may say breakfast is at 8… but you may not get it until 8:30 or 9. So you just wait till they beat the Fijian drum.. which signals that food is ready! Breakfast was WONDERFUL! There was hot coffee, fresh fruit (pineapple, papaya, watermelon), freshly baked raisin bread, cereal (I ate...

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