Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sunday: Ahhhhhh.. Fiji Time!

International dateline goes through the center of Fiji . Believe it or not, there is a 16-hour time difference between Fiji and Vermont! After a 5 hour plane we arrived in Nadi to sweet welcome of ukele music and a gift of a shell necklace. Fijians are the most amazing people. They give everyone the most cozy welcome everytime they see you. Bula! Hello. Supposedly the louder and more energetic you say BULA!, the longer life you will have. Don’t you love it? We were told that while we were in Fiji, We were all part of the family and I have to say it was a very peaceful feeling.

We boarded a bus after we retrieved our bulging suitcases. We were told to go to the restrooms because it would be a hour drive to the resort. If truth be told, it was more like a 2-hour drive down some dark windy roads before we arrived. There were some moments of anxiety as we realized that none of us had bothered to check out where we were staying. We were trusting that GoWayTravel would come through again. We pulled up the Outrigger Resort and the entire waitstaff came out to sing us a song and welcome us. It was long before a tropical drink was placed in everyone’s hands and a butler was taking our bags to our rooms. The Veve’s choose to stay in a bures. It was a traditional Fijian thatched cottage with butler service and hammocks on the front porch. We thought we could hear the ocean in the distance.

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