No water, No electric, No activities

Trip Start Nov 18, 2009
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Flag of Fiji  , Yasawa Islands,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Always remember that it is the people that you meet while travelling that is most important and not necessarily where you are, although that does help considerably. Remember that if you see a person sitting alone then they deserve to have company….well that's Tony and Helens motto.


Yesterday evening we chatted to two young couples, all living in Sydney, Australia but three were South Korean and one was Chinese. As I am writing this blog a few days late I can say that they turned out to be four exceptionally nice, pleasant and very polite young people and so interesting to talk to. They thought we were funny but I am not sure in what way. Names were Yao, Miran, Daniel and Jihyun. We also chatted to another Korean woman Sujin who became our official celebrity photographer, another great person to spend time with. We became a group of seven, the perfect number…….

Up early to pack as leaving today on ferry for Waya LeiLei for 2 nights. We had the day to spend as we were leaving later in the afternoon. Tony did blog for a while but no internet because of the storm. This is a usual reason for everything that is not available but we blogged till lunch and then Hels went to get herself a hammock and found the only one that when she sat on it her bottom reached the floor….this was a tension issue and not a weight issue. However she was there unable to get out of it for an hour till Hammock man Falco arrived and rescued her. We then had an hour together in a different hammock in the shade, reading our books, idyllic. Then up went the shout that the boats were loading to go out to meet the ferry.

Yesterday we shew a photo of when the storm hit and they lost their best boat, overturned. Therefore today they loaded 30 of us into a small boat with all our luggage and then accelerated at a fair speed to meet the ferry. Captain Asre (him again) was not pleased as the boat rocked madly while people tried to get out.

Two hours on board for next Island. Arrived with no mishaps and allocated a nice Bure with 4 beds. Tony waited patiently for two others to join us but was disappointed.

Found out after getting hair well lathered in shower that the only water for showers and loo was the water in the pipes!! Quickly ran out but with electricity in the Bures we could easily recharge phones and the computer….oops no electric either, well not till about 8pm for two hours only. In the UK or if on a two week holiday thid would probably upset you a bit but we all knew it was the storm!! The place is really nice and all the staff and kids are so friendly.

During our two days here we could choose 2 out of 3 activities. Snorkelling, walk to the summit of the island past wobbling rock, or kayaking. Quickly found out that at the start of the storm some silly devil forgot to lash down the Kayaks and they blew away……so 2 out of 2 activities…..ooops forgot to mention that the walk to the summit is littered with fallen trees and dangerous…oops 1 out of 1 activity so its snorkelling tomorrow. Sujin, god bless her is negotiating for us to have a fishing trip as an extra activity and she is working really hard at it.

The following has been written from Helens notes:

Dinner was good food but most places occupied on tables so Hels and Tony sat on a table on the boarded area next the sea…..very romantic dinner for two. The band were playing as the sun was setting.Tony was facing the area where the band were playing and all the other male staff were having a few Kavas ( an alcoholic brown muddy water made by powdering a root vegetable and then squeezing it out from an old sock into a wooden bowl…..strength can be varied with amount of powder used). Tony spent a lot of time looking over to a man named Big Jerry (really big man..a sort of one man scrum) trying to catch his eye.How to get an invite!! Easy just ask Hels to get some more bread and just at that time Tonys old mate Big J called him over to sit and partake. Hels came back with a wry smile and wrote up the diary for the day.

After six bowls of Kava Big J asked Hels if she wanted to come over and we all sat and chatted about rugby, Serevi going to coach Papua New Guinea and other important topics. Hels found out the ages of everyones kids and who was married to whom…….Helen had one bowl of Kava and see the photo of her face… sort of tastes like mud and numbs your throat as it goes down…..after 8 bowls and two beers we went off to our Bure to continue the romantic evening….snore snore snore.
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