Fiji is HOT

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
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Trip End Aug 19, 2008


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

I apologize in advance if this blog is not up to the usual standard, I did just write an amazing one but it deleted about half and hours worth of work, this was not my fault, but I shall try again, with more regular savings.

Our first 4 hours today were an absolute mission. We weren't happy with our first nights accommodation in Fiji. Not that it had cockroaches or anything. I mean, yes there was a pool. yes the rooms were air conditioned, yes there was a bar, yes there was internet, yes there was food, and yes the bathroom was clean, and yes it was cheap, but it wasn't by the beach or anything much. So we went on a massive mission;

We could have got a taxi to the hostel of our choice (The Beach House) that would have cost about F$90, (about thirty pound), it would have taken us straight there but instead we walked to a bus stop with our massive back packs. Its about 27 - 30 degrees here, seriously HOT. It was really one of the biggest missions ever, and we didn't really know how to get the bus. Plus no one really gave us information because when we asked, I think Fijians assume white people are rich and so they all told us to get a taxi. We did manage to catch a bus (After flagging down about 6 that didn't stop) We went to a big bus terminal and bought a ticket and managed to get on the right bus. It was about a 3 hour ride, but its not too bad because the bus isn't too hot, all the windows are open and it doesn't stop much. Some of the buses don't have windows, just canvas flaps for if it rains. Anyway, we made it to the right bus and got to our new hostel, by the beach for F$9, ALOT cheaper.

This hostel is absolutely amazing. It is where "Celebrity Love Island" was set, I never watched it but apparently it was. There's writing on the walls in the dining / seating area where the "Celebrities" wrote. The coaches are really comfy here. There is free breakfast here, free afternoon tea and scones (I still love tea even when its 30 degrees), cooking facilities and its literally 1 minute from our bed to the beach. Although this hostel is slightly more than I wanted to spend for accommodation in Fiji, you save so much money by getting a free breakfast and cooking facilities. Anyone reading this before they back pack themselves, I would DEFINITELY recommend places with free breakfast and cooking facilities over places that don't. You can end up paying so much for meals if you have no way of making them yourself.

The sea is so amazing. Our beach is situated on whats known as the coral cost. Pretty self explanatory. There are bright blue star fish and amazing fish and corals. There were also sea snakes, but I'm sure they are harmless. The fish aren't even scared of you, and so you can just watch this absolutely amazing wildlife swim around you while you bath in water that is actually hotter than I run my bath. (Although, I can never quite run a hot bath). I thought people were lying a bit when they said that you could actually get sea that was as hot as a bath, but according to a leaflet here the sea stays at about 26 degrees all year round. Oh! And another amazing thing about our hostel is that you get free use of sea kayaks at high tide. Free! So we will be kayaking around the coral (but not too far so don't worry, and there's loads of people about too.) There are also treks to the jungle for F$8 although I don't understand physical activities that don't involve water. It is just so hot. There is a F$6 snorkeling boat trip too, so for two pound I might just do that.

This island is actually the most beautiful and awe inspiring place that I have been to in my life to date. The beaches and the dense jungle, the absolutely amazing mountains and the crazy wildlife are almost too good to believe. I know that sounds quite cheesy, but I think cheese is the only way to properly convey how amazing it is here. Expensive fruits grow for free everywhere, and the people are so wonderful. Customer service goes right out the window though, people are so slow because everything is so hot, its nice and relaxed actually. People walk alot slower and take their time. Mornings in Britain are frantic.

Anyway I must go, I've been on an hour now and its costing. I apologize if I have made you jealous, or if Britain seems a little dull, if its any consolation its too hot to do anything here apart from go in the pool or better, in the sea. When I'm rich I will buy everyone thats reading this a trip to Fiji. Anyway, Goodbye for now, and some glorious pictures I'm sure will come soon.

Loads of Love Bernie
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sebs
sebs on

WOW
I'm now on my way to the travel agents to buy my ticket to Fiji. (In my dreams)
Sounds amazing. Must check my Lotto.
Speak to you soon. Take Care, Love Mum XXXXXXXXX

tomjgibbs
tomjgibbs on

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hot drinks actually cool you down in the heat. so there you go.

AND actually, it was quite mild and warm yesterday in england. and i had quite a good curry. BEAT THAT.

gillw
gillw on

not cheesey, just wonderful
Sounds wonderful, Oonagh and Bernie - what a brilliant description. I felt like I was there for a few seconds when I read it. Keep working hard at the lying on the beach and the pool, it's important work! Love, Gill (Oonagh's aunt)

annamum
annamum on

Iced birdbath
Hey Bernie and Oon how amazing!!
Actually I can't actually imagine the hot. Even when described in such detail.
I have just been outside in the garden to feedify my birdies and thee birdbaths are all iced over. You can lift the whole circle of ice out and look through it. However it is extremely lovely and sunny and crisp and springy. Thee birdies are collecting things for to make their nests with and the thrush is singing again in the street before light.
Fiji sounds wonderful. I would love all that wildlife wouldn't I?
So - I will remember about you saying about paying for a trip to Fiji for me (reader) - how much money does you have to earn to accomplishment richment?
You will see on my blog that you have reached their in your plane and on your bus (once I get it uptyloadified that is!).
Love annAmum xxxxxxx (and Noel)
PS Oonagh thankyou for sending us a piece of card all the way from Hollywood it is really amazing!! It is unlike any piece of card we have ever seen before in our whole lives!!!!

joelb
joelb on

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I totally went to the park yesterday and I was like 'ah, this is nice.' but really it was still Birmingham in February. And I fell out of a tree.
Sounds amazing. I can't wait to go to Fiji. I'll be there in 5 months or so.
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