Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
It’s the rainy season here in Fiji – and it downpours when it rains. However, its usually warm when it rains or the rain comes after a really hot day making it feel really refreshing. Today is a different story.
It was… cold.
I’ve loved this cold rain though – if a chunk of my time here was spent in the overcast days, I would be content. I love rain and it makes me happy!
However, it makes me want to sit at home and watch a movie – not the best motivational factor to get projects done.
Today I went to Tavua and went and helped out at Gold Foundation. It was delightful – we had great conversations and actually enjoyed our hot Milo (aka hot chocolate) during tea time while the rain pounded on the windows.
Sounds like Utah and Fiji swapped weather for a week! Enjoy the heat while I take a break from it and enjoy the rain.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
pictures from this computer I'm on that I found.
Don't mind the funny face, but I'm teaching these kids how to make a duck noise by blowing on a piece of grass at the Family Fun day 2 weeks ago.
The other pictures are of our cozy little flat. Add one another bedroom and a tiny kitchen and you have our house! Going from 25 people to 19 is such a huge breath of fresh air. :)
So I'm writing this post from the Temple housing in Suva, Fiji. Last night I made the sudden decision to come with our country directors and 5 other Volunteers to Suva for the weekend. We rented a car and our Director Chuck drove us all the way there. I was at first excited that we were driving our own van and we didn't have to use the slow, uncomfortable buses. Little did I know this ride would be "hell on earth"...
Just picture an 8 passenger van with really high seats so you can't see out the low windows, pot-holed roads the entire way, speed bumps the size of large rocks every couple miles, and a jerky stick shift car. I was sitting in the back of the van and it was a horrible decision. As we were driving and I was trying to get my mind off the fact that I had 3 hours of this ahead of me, I related the drive to some Disneyland rides that you all could relate to.
Mr. Toads Wild Ride for the windy roads and sharp turns.
Indiana Jones for the bumpy, jerky ride.
Disney Jungle Cruise for the "island" look of the environment.
Star Tours for the car sickness.
aka. worst. ride. ever.
I'm dreading the drive home tomorrow - this trip wasn't long enough...seriously.
Today we went to the Suva Temple and it was such a neat experience to be surrounded by Fijians and Hindu members. The temple is so small but so gorgeous! I love the way the church is the same no matter where you go - especially in buildings!
We went into town and hit up the Flea Markets, ate at a delicious hole in the wall Chinese Restaurant which we sat and ate on the water front, walked around town, went to more Flea Markets, ate at more restaurants and then came back to the Temple Housing and had real chocolate cake for a girl's birthday tomorrow! I love Suva. Especially because this Temple housing has hot water. :) It wasn't the most exciting trip, but I know I'll be coming back here again before I leave. Its been so nice though to just get out of the house and to get out of Ba. When people have asked us where we are "from" in Fiji and we tell them Ba, they respond by saying "Boring Ba", or "Suva's backyard". Its so true. Ba is so sleepy, boring and HOT. It downpoured tonight in Suva and I was loving the rain - Suva's on the "wet" side of the island and Ba is on the "dry" side. Of course. Haha.
Well, that's enough rambling for one post - Thanks for following my blog - I love hearing from those of you who care to read this!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
A car. The transportation system here is CRAZY. There are buses, carriers, taxis and express buses. Trying to figure out which one goes where, how much each cost to ride and when they run is a pain but I'm trying my best to figure it out.
Protein. The Fijian diet is very starchy and consists of a lot of white breads, rice and potatoes. If any of you know me, you'll know how much I hate eating that stuff. So as much as I resent it, I've bought a white loaf of bread and white crackers for breakfast. Its times like this where I just want a protein shake.... I can push through though!
Personal Space. Right now, the HELP house has 26 volunteers living under one roof. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Mind you, these aren't big rooms, and their not the most comfortable bathrooms so its a challenge when you come home and the only place to sit in the family room is the filthy floor. :) We have lots of fans in the house and card games and movies to keep us entertained every night so I can't complain - its all worth the experience and I'm loving it.
Hot showers, cold drinks. The showers are always ice cold - but after non-stop sweating all day, a cold shower is all you want. The water here is always cold - they don't have ice cubes so drinking warm water is becoming I'm getting used to. But I was introduced to "Sugar and Ice" - a smoothie shop here in Lautoka today. First cold thing I've had since I've gotten into Fiji - I downed it. :)
So the next time you think, 'life is hard' out there in the great US of A, just remember this list and realize how great you have it and how fortunate you are to live there!
I love America!
p.s. I'll try and post some pictures when I'm able to get internet on my own computer - right now I'm in a hot internet cafe sweating my brains out. Fun image, right?! Stay tuned for pictures!
Friday, June 10, 2011
We had a greuling 10 hour and 40 minute flight last night into this morning. I got hardly any sleep but was awoken at 2:30am with a "good morning" call from the flight crew followed by a breakfast of eggs, fruit, yogurt and muffin. Not a bad start to a day, but still pretty early.
We went into Nadi town today and I rode in my first open air bus, ate some "breakfast crackers" and was greeted with "bula!" from many strangers on the street. The people here are SO friendly! Even when we got off the plane, there was a 3 man Fijian band playing for us visitors and yelling out "Bula!" as we passed. Such a loving culture!
We spent the day today at the beach enjoying our first Saturday here. Oh the ocean water is wonderful!
Were just about to go to Ba where our tiny, humble abode is to unpack, meet other voluteers and eat our first Fijian dinner!