Posted by: monsonmadness | June 23, 2012

Suva city

Fiji is made up of 332 islands. The two main islands have a combined population of 850,000 of which  three-quarters live in the capital, Suva. This is where we spent the last part of our vacation.

Suva is the largest city in the South Pacific. Downtown is a jigsaw of colonial buildings, modern shopping plazas, abundant eateries and a breezy esplanade. Small passages transport you to a city somewhere in India with curry houses, sari shops and bric-a-brac traders. Just as we had felt we were in Africa as we drove across the island to get here, we really did feel like we were in India now. It was so different from anything either of us have experienced before.

First though, we had a great time at the Suva temple. It is the only one in Fiji, and is a very small temple. I was really sad to see so many people there that there wasn’t room for. Some faithful church members got up at 3am this morning to get a bus from the other side of the island to come, but there wasn’t room for them. They went to do other temple work instead, but it certainly makes me appreciate the large and easily accessible temples that we have throughout the US.

Next we drove through the city again to find the Fiji museum. They had a good maritime display as well as animals, insects and birds, but the most memorable was probably the disturbing cannibalism section. We saw all of the different tools that they used to club, beat, and cut people to pieces with, and then the bowls and utensils that they used for eating. It was pretty gross actually.

On the way back to Nadi, we stopped at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. We had tried stopping there on the way out, but it was midday and the sun made the dunes way too hot to walk on. This time it was overcast so it was time to explore. We had really wanted to rent boogie boards and go sand boarding, but the owners of the rental wasn’t home 😦

It was fun to walk up to the top of the dunes (no easy task) and almost as much fun trying to get back down in one piece. People have found human remains and archaeological remains that date 2600 years ago. We were hoping we’ve unearth something special, but no such luck!

We drove back towards the airport to find our resort where we would be having our dinner show. This was the Fiji that you all know and love. The contrast between where we had been and where we were now was as different as night and day. Here at this tip of the island are tons of fancy resorts with beautiful beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, spas, you name it, they’ve got it. Where we had been the only white people in Suva city, now there were only white people. Can you tell I’ve got issues. I need someone to help me deal with the “unfairness of the inequality”. Send any suggestions my way.

Anyway, we are on holiday, so no more of that. We enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset on the beach and then a great Fijian dinner and culture show. They sang, danced, showed us some of their traditions, and even did fire walking. It was great, and killed some time for us. Now I am sitting here at the same hotel lobby using the internet because our flight doesn’t leave until 2am and we don’t need to be to the airport until midnight. It’s going to be a long way home…

We had a great time in Fiji. We are so grateful that we got to go to the temple and that we got to experience another Pacific island. Fiji is a beautiful place to visit. And now…I’m putting my travelling shoes away for a very long time. Time to go back to me “normal” life in American Samoa. I want to go home, snuggle my kids, and not leave the house for a month.

Signing off for a while…

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  1. So many adventures. Would you have ever guessed this would have been your life a couple years ago when you were hosting play group or teaching an R.S. lesson in the pheasant brook ward 🙂

  2. Sounds like you had a great time!!


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