Hello from a very hot and sticky Fiji. Flight from Melbourne was highly entertaining, we were greeted by singing Fijians and they played a song on repeat for the entire overnight flight through the planes sound system. This welcome to Fiji was continued when my plane landed in Nadi, a Fijian choir at the exit. Had to wait for hours for my connecting flight but met a really nice girl called Emma who is also out here for scuba diving. Nearly died when our little plane landed in Labassa, bounced three times and I fell off my seat! Am still alive you shall be pleased to know! People in Fiji all seem very nice which is good, and managed to get Internet working for me on my old crappy black phone which I am still amazed at.
Meeting everyone else at the airport to then head to Suvasuva I discover that our mode of transport is in fact a a huge open backed truck. So all 17 of us hop into the back, luggage and all to make the 2 hour journey. Staying in some luxury resort, before heading on to the island we are going to be living on for the next 10 weeks tomorrow. I have discovered that there is actually no Internet on our island(fb me if you love me), I have to look after children on Monday, (I have organised to have older children and potentially do cleaning of camp on Monday mornings). On the bright side the main food we have is super noodles and tuna so I am very happy with that!!! Lol!
Spent the last couple of days buying last minute stuff as we are going to be so remote there is no electricity apart from a generator a couple of hours a day and we basically sleep on a beach. Had to buy mattresses, pillows, luxury food, and traditional Bula dresses which was highly entertaining! I HAVE TO ATTEND CHURCH!!!! maybe I will be religious when I return?! Currently trying to break our way into a coconut with a meat cleaver, as you can imagine not going so well. Food is good too, but apparently not so good on camp, 1st night together we were graced with a traditional BBQ and two boys doing Fijian dancing for us 'the song was about never finding a Fijian boy like him' haha. Today we went for curry, they haven't mastered removing bones from there food, so table manners went out the window. Every one was in the same boat so it wasn't too bad. It's 11.30 and I have yet to back anything apart from the 60% rum we have all bought called Bounty to take to the island for medicinal purposes. I may not live to tell the you tales when I return.
We depart in our truck again tomorrow at 10am, a 3 hour journey then 20 minutes on a boat. I have been informed that we have to then carry all our stuff through the water to the camp. Total joke. My bag weighs 31kg. :-(
Anyway hope to here from you all soon my Fiji number is +6798625420.
Lots of love