Goodbye Fiji

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


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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bernie

Tomorrow we leave Fiji. Perhaps never to return, who knows. Although I have enjoyed Fiji I feel happy and ready to leave, the temperature is abit too much here.

I leave Fiji with more questions than I arrived with, such as "Why are Fijian people fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for a Government in which they have no democratic say?" (Apparently Fijis biggest source of income comes from people fighting in the British army. This to me seems similar to a privatized war, which is completely illegal. Paying people to fight your war. If anyone has any answers do let me know) and also " How can a country seemingly so happy and welcoming have serious humans rights abuses and oppression below the surface, why isn't this more evident?" I do however leave feeling as though I have enriched my senses. Having heard a rain forest alive with sound, smelt things completely new, seen colours that I didn't know existed in nature, felt the continuous heat of the sun on my skin and tasted a fruit to which I still have no description or name.

I think the thing I will  miss most is the massage that the scenery gives my eyes, every time you are on a bus, every time you are anywhere. There are mountains and mountains of continuous rain forest that you cant help but see where ever you are. Huge rivers with over handing trees, the kind that Ray Meers would build a bamboo raft to float down. Markets selling colours and smells, and food and drink.
Its a lovely place but my senses do feel continuously bombarded and my body constantly itches. (There are alot of mosquitoes here.) All in all, if you get the chance, definitely give Fiji a visit. But remember, everything runs on " Fiji time" a fact to which the locals are well aware. Two weeks can feel like a month, short and sweet is how I would recommend Fiji. But each to their own.
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sebs
sebs on

Welcome to New Zealand
Hi
I see you are on line right now, Glad to see you both arrived saftley. Will email you later.I have to go to work now. Have you heard how Sam is doing?
Love Mum XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

tomjgibbs
tomjgibbs on

wahhhh
am going in a week...been looking at the area i am staying in new delhi, looks fantastic! apparently everything is covered in cow poo and dirt, hurrah! well pooing myself now, hopefully i wont be after i eat in india. ive decided instead of flying from india to nepal i might go overland, its much cheaper and more scenic. althoug longer, and a slight hassle. i think im going to make my mind up when i get into india, sounds like a clever idea i know.

hope your flight to nz was not stressful.

see you in 'nam

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