Final Fiji Musings

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
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Trip End Dec 25, 2009


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Final Fiji Musings

           Took us 1 hours to get back to Nadi from our inn on the coral coast.  Had a sleep in for our last morning, a nice breakfast, and then back to the airport for a Pacific Blue flight to Sydney.  Overall, our holiday in Fiji was very nice, peaceful, quiet, had some fun in the zip line and diving, great people, nice service.  The only downers were the time it took to get from one spot to another.  The big island only has the one main road that circles the island so it takes a bit of time to get anywhere.

            Learned some good things in the culture and history.  The Fijians do have a sense of humor about their former cannibalistic lifestyles.  They poke fun at themselves on this and have great fun selling the former tools of that lifestyle.  Interestingly enough, I had planned to buy one more cannibal fork at the airport but the airport does not sell any of the war clubs or forks.  Duh.  What airport does sell weapons of any kind?  Not smart on my part to not purchase before getting there.

            There are still plenty of problems on the island, such as a disregard for ecology and conservation – in some areas.  The government has a problem with some of the locals still using the ancient fishing techniques which means poisoning the fish and scooping them off the surface.  But things are improving, bit by bit.  And like most tropical islands, it is trashy.  I haven't been on a tropical island anywhere that isn’t.  Plastic bags are the bane of islands.  Just walking on the beach yesterday, my husband and I collected about a dozen bags of various sizes, colors and little decomposition.  There are efforts to stem that tide of trash so I hope they have some success in that.

            There is land for sale everywhere we looked, freehold.  This means that anyone can buy it, I think.  But the prices were rather outrageous, I thought.  We didn’t see the size of the lots but $225,000 for an ocean front lot seemed rather high when looking at the villages and the towns.  And every time I saw an ocean front lot for sale sign, I kept thinking "tsunami".  I want to be like the Jesse Winchester song “high on a mountaintop, down by the deep blue sea”. 

            Ah well.  Was a good time, a very good time.  A few more days in Sydney now.
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