My Semester Abroad: Learning to Live Like a Kiwi! travel blog

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 weet-bix, yum!), and you also got to choose which hot items you wanted. I ordered toast, bacon, sausage, and grilled tomatoes. So as you can see.. I had a deliciously large breakfast.

After breakfast we were invited to go to the village for church. We all accepted the invite and were loaded into a small boat to get to the village around the other side of the island. Walking around the village really opened your eyes to how they live here. The chiefs house was big and colorful with a tin roof.. but many of the other homes were made out of dried leaves. The village houses about 300 people and they have 3 different churches (assembly of god, catholic, and Christian). It was really neat to see how they live.. which is so poorly.. but they are so happy! I think everyone should visit a place like this.. it really opens your eyes and makes you appreciate the things that you have. It also makes you mentally slap yourself in the face for not being happy with what you have.. especially when you have so much!

We got to see the school building… some houses.. and then the church. The church service was completely in Fijian and I could not understand a single word. But I enjoyed it. They sang a lot and I thought it was absolutely beautiful! It was also just a joy to watch the village as they prayed and sang and just rejoiced and thanked the lord for what they have. Seriously an eye opener.

After church, we walked back through the village to the boat and headed back to the resort. Lunch was a fish stir fry, rice, and fruit. I don’t eat fish.. so they gave me spaghetti.. haha. I took a dip in the clear blue ocean after that and laid out briefly… then I took a nap.

When I woke up I walked downstairs to find all the Fijians.. the staff.. watching the rugby game between NZ and Fiji in the sevens finals. They invited me to sit and watch it with them, so I did! Fiji kicked ASS and won the cup! It was quite a good game!

After that I decided to hire some snorkeling gear and see what I could find. I didn’t have to go far.. there is coral lining the beach right in front of our resort! It was SO cool to see all the fish and the coral and sea life! I even saw a HUGE bright blue starfish and a sea cucumber! I probably spent about 45 minutes to an hour just snorkeling around the reef. Tomorrow I think I am going to go to blue lagoon and snorkel there as well! Blue lagoon is where the movie was filmed and it is supposed to be spectacular for snorkeling. I can’t wait! I think I may also may go to these caves in the morning too! Supposedly these caves are beautiful.. and the only way to get to them is to dive through a hole underwater. I am SO excited! The awesome thing about all these activities is that they are cheap! They only cost about $60 Fijian dollars each…. (the trips, that is).. which is about $30-35 USD. Pretty worth it, I’d say! I am also thinking about getting a massage.. which is only $30 Fijian dollars for an hour! YEAH! So inexpensive!!

Currently.. I am just downloading pictures and writing this lovely travel journal for all of you! I have found some REALLY pretty shells along the beach and I cannot wait to bring them home and show everyone! Dinner is in a few hours.. so I think I’ll edit some pictures and laze around till then!

OOOO! I am also going to try Kava tonight. It’s a traditional drink they have every night. I will tell you more about it once I learn…


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