Well given enough time, we realized that our essentials really ARE essential. Fortunately our bags have caught up with us, only two and a half days after our arrival. Thank you, Air New Zealand! Now that we have all our stuff we’re free to proceed to a succession of smaller and smaller islands: Ovalau, then Caqalai.

What have we been up to while waiting for our stuff? Chilling at the Stoney Creek “Resort” near Nadi, then hanging in Suva, Fiji’s capital. Here are some photos:

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Stoney Creek Resort, our first stop in Fiji.

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Aaahh, luxury… our personal bure (house).

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We went for a nice walk through rural fields near Stoney Creek.

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The “Shopping Center,” conveniently located near Stoney Creek.

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Charmingly overgrown — the Thurston Botanical Garden in Suva, a legacy of British Colonial rule.

Things we like about Fiji so far:

  1. Men wear skirts.
  2. You can drink the tap water.
  3. Almost everyone speaks English. (Thanks, British Empire!)
  4. Taxi meters work.
  5. People’s lives do NOT revolve around tourists.
  6. No Americans! (At least we haven’t seen any yet!)

OK hope everyone there is well and happy… we will try to post again after we return from our tiny and tinier islands. LOVE, Kate & Derry

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