Fiji is the 50th country I have visited. And I can already tell you: it’s my new favourite country.
We arrived to the northern island Vanua Levu (there are two main islands in Fiji and more than 300 small ones) by boat. First time in my life I was waiting for a passport control on the lovely catamaran. Already the guys coming on the boat where hyper-friendly. – Bula!!!! – which means hello. With the biggest and most natural smile ever. When the second guy and the third one said this “bula” in the same way, I thought that was weird. Now I know. This is how Fijian people are. No idea why and no idea how come.
Just after long weeks in Tonga, there are few big (and positive) surprises. Tonga was our first country on the Pacific Ocean, so we were taking everything there as it is, without complains or doubts. But this is, what is different here, as a first impressions:
1. People: we made a lot of friends in Tonga but those people here: from the poorest lady at the market to a lady boss of the hotel – are honestly friendly and non problematic. Happy with life, happy with their Fiji.
2. Streets: even small ones, somewhere in the bush – kind of clean. No pigs everywhere, no shit of pigs everywhere, not too much litter. Ok, so it can be like this ;)
3. Trees: full of food! You look around and you see tons of fruits and vegetables. People cannot be hungry here, no way.
4. Houses: pictures and drawings on the walls. After the time in empty walls in Tonga – it feels so cosy and like at home!
5. Houses again: they can be not only cosy but also clean!
6. People DO read: so many newspapers on the ferries, books are read on the market or even by a waitress in the bar, when she is not working. Uffff.
7. Time: things come on time! A bus or a boat, for example. Or a man, when you agree on a meeting. What a difference! :)
8. Food: there is food in the shops! When we arrive to Fiji and entered the shop, we all got crazy: – Mummy, do you think we could buy a yogurt? – Mila asked. – Haaaaaam! – Hanna saw one first time in looooong weeks. And cold beer! And chocolate!
9. Epidemic: there is no chikungunya here! (ok ok, there is still dengue fever).
10. Work: people seem to be much more busy here than in Tonga, they get up early, they run little businesses, they have companies…
That’s just the first few things we have noticed here. While driving sweet, open buses, while talking to people. – So where are you planning to go? – asks a bus driver. – Hmmm, doesn’t matter, anywhere. We will tell you when we want to go out. – They don’t really understand this attitude but after one hour drive the bus stops and the bus driver says: – This is a good place for you. – Together with us some women is leaving the bus. – Bula!! – again this smile – My name is Mary and I would be so happy to show you around! Let’s go here, just through the bush. – She went with us to the closest village, she found a house of the chief and somebody from his family (that’s their task: to welcome and show around, if anybody from outside is coming).
Gabriel and Larry spend the whole day with us: feeding us, showing little secret places and giving tips (for example which plant to use to stop the bleeding – both of them were playing with Tom’s knife and cut their fingers;). And days like this happen in Fiji just one after another.
Our first book is out!
We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
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