South Pacific Trip - Part 1: Fiji
As the first leg of our three-week journey, Fiji was a relaxing and comfortable warm-up to the tropics. We stayed on the south coast of the main island, Viti Levu. There we spent the week right on the beach, with daily excursions exploring the rest of the island.
One stop was Viti Levu’s capital city, Suva, with it’s interesting combination of colonial and modern architecture, and it’s excellent museum. Kula Eco Park was another great destination with it’s peacocks in trees and sea turtle hatchery.
In between our day trips, my family and I shopped for local produce at Sigatoka market, and snorkelled the coral reefs. It was here that I saw my first shark, a four-foot black-tip reef shark. What a beautiful, yet exhilarating sight.
I did spend some time learning to spin coconut husk fibres into a yarn. I had planned on crocheting the yarn into bowls, or pod-like sculptures, but there was just so much to do and see, that I never found time to get back to my project. To be continued…
Fijians are a warm and friendly bunch, and are especially affectionate with children. At every restaurant we went to, our toddler was happy to be whisked away in-arms to be shown around the kitchen or to dance to live music, while we ate in peace. Within a couple of days, he was using the Fijian greeting, “Bula”, to everyone we met.
At the end of the week, we parted ways with some of our family, and boarded a plane to Solomon Islands to meet up with twenty-four of our Canadian friends.
Part 2 Solomon Islands: Welcome to Boe Village
Part 3 Solomon Islands: Getting to know Boe Village
Part 4 Solomon Islands Wedding