The final stop: an 8 night trip to Fiji. After spending a brief night in Auckland, we put everything but our beach gear in storage and hopped on a 3-hour flight to Nadi International Airport.
|"Anything you'd like to declare, sir?"|
|Landing in Nadi|
|Quick bus stop in Sigatoka|
|Unique temples on the way to the resort|
We got an accidental upgrade to a larger bure, which are the thatch-roofed, cottage-like huts that you stay in at the resort. This was a good thing because although it was warm, it was cloudy almost the whole time we were there and we ended up spending a good bit of time in the room. I certainly caught up on my reading, which wasn’t as nice as being on the beach, but I don’t really tan anyways so relaxing inside was fine.
|The village choir performing at the resort|
|I thought I was taking a picture of 1 lizard in the bar...|
|Brad learning how to weave (sort of)|
|Call to happy hour!|
|Jumping in from the boat|
|Family of fish in the coral- some were the size of a pea!|
The only time we left the resort was to visit the only walk-able attraction: the neighboring village of Namaqumaqua. Fiji is a third world country (evident by the pictures), which made it all the more amazing how joyous Fijians are. They are always singing, smiling, and waving “Bula!”
|Locals selling jewelry and other little trinkets|
|Inside a meeting house|
|The medical center- the hospital is 2 hours away|
|Drum for calling meetings|
We have been so spoiled by New Zealand fauna: there is nothing there that can kill you. So needless to say we were a little dumbfounded when we stumbled upon a banded sea snake slithering from water to rocks. Some local kids came by and killed it after informing us that they are poisonous. My vegetarian ethical radar was going off until I remembered the sight of their village medical centre and I realized that I probably would have done the same to something whose bite needs anti-venom within 30 minutes. For the most part however, the wildlife is harmless, including the gecko that took up permanent residence in our bure and chirped us to sleep each night.
|Found a starfish!|
|red vented bulbul|
|white faced heron|
|Hello best friend!|
|gorgeous collared kingfisher|
|banded sea snake|
I would go to Fiji again in a heartbeat. It was a great way to wrap up to our time in New Zealand and relax before the 27-hour journey back home.
Since this blog was devoted to my year abroad this will be my last post. So I’ll close, appropriately, with some Fijian sunset pics. I hope you enjoyed my photos and stories from this year and that they may have inspired you to take your own ship out of its harbor in some capacity or another. Over and out! <3