Bula Bula (hello, goodbye, welcome, love, life in Fijian)!!
So let me tell you about our little trip to Fiji (I am splitting this blog in 2 due to the amount of exciting stuff I have on offer). On the 21st march we flew to Auckland ready for our early morning flight on the 22nd. We headed to Auckland airport ready for our flight full of excitement and to be honest the beginning of the holiday didn’t really go as we planned. I don’t want to moan about it too much as I am over it now and looking back we got a pretty good deal but- Air NZ kicked us of the flight as the flight was overweight apparently. It was pretty stressful as I am not a lover of flying anyway but we managed to swap our flight to the next day, change our flights back home and moved the hotel. It was definitely a winner after all the inconvenience as we got a night in a posh hotel, with lunch and dinner and $700 compensation –oooh and posh seats on the plane. Throughout this ordeal we were acquainted with a South American couple on honeymoon who were going through the same stress as us – they were really upset but they managed to get a hotel and that was that! Our first day in ‘Fiji” was spend in Novotel Auckland sipping Martinis whilst we rebooked everything (no to shabby).
On the 23rd we were a little bit nervous about checking in after the previous day, and when we did try to check in the lady had to call round to confirm us on the flight so by the time we got through security I was ready for a drink. After a few red wines we were ready to board and I must say the plane was lovely and snazzy. There were no blinds just a control on the window that dimmed it a bit like varifocal glasses (lol). My favourite bit was you could online shop for drinks and snacks, swipe your tv screen with your credit card and whatever you wanted was delivered! It also turned out that the honeymooners from the day before were on the flight with us and actually sat next to us, and as he got on the plane he looked at us in his limited English and shouted ‘we made it’. I made a point of telling the cabin crew they were on honeymoon so they were given free champagne which they shared with us 🙂
When we finally arrived in Fiji it was boiling and so humid (I was later to discover that 5 showers a day was mandatory). After hugging it out with the honeymooners we headed to our accommodation – Anchorage Beach Resort and it was lovely! It was situated in the mountains with no one around and you walked down a steep hill to the beach front where there was the pool, bar and spa. That afternoon we laid on a shaded double sun lounger and just chilled out, drank cocktails and fell asleep- with a break for a chicken wrap for lunch!
We then got a bit hot and went for another sleep in the aircon which wasn’t very cold and had a flick through the very extensive tv channel selection in Fiji (2 channels). That evening I was so excited to try Fijian food, we headed to the resort restaurant which was right by the sea, and it did not feel any cooler. I don’t think I have ever been so hot. I had this amazing Fijian chicken curry served in a three tier pot and Chris had teriyaki fish (all washed down with a Fiji Gold beer).
The next day we had a lovely buffet breakfast by the sea and then chilled by the pool waiting for our Fijian massage (what a relaxing morning). In the afternoon that was a little bit less relaxing we headed into Nadi town, it never fails to culture shock me and put me on edge in countries like Fiji but once you get used to it, it’s fine. It reminded me a lot of India and brought back so many amazing memories (but India is a story for a different blog). We met up for a coffee with a Costain friend of Chris’ and he took us around the lovely crazy markets! We went to a Hindu temple which was so bright and colourful and then went into an air-conditioned bar for a couple of Fiji Gold Beers (again). We then did some tipsy souvenir shopping and came out armed with a bookmark, sun cream and an iron on patch.
When we arrived back it was quite late so we headed down for dinner which was again amazing – I had chicken with Fijian veg and Chris had prawn curry all served with a beautiful flower. That night there was a Polynesian fire sow on which was great but I got a bit scared when they kept dropping the fire in my direction! I was made to participate though by dancing and I hated it partly because I don’t like the attention and secondly because I was so hot and made to dance round in a conga with my hand through a Fijian mans legs (witwooo).
Another particular highlight to our evening was chatting to a man we had previously labelled an alcoholic who went to the bar every morning and got a coke bottle filled with rum and coke so essentially it just looked like coke. During this conversation we discovered he was a vicar – could explain why he was hiding the drink?
We were pretty proud of ourselves that night as we made it to 9pm before we needed a sleep! I am going to leave Fiji part 1 here and another blog is to follow about the second half of our adventures.