Sunday 27th to Wednesday 30th April.
Anne here . . .
We’ve had two very, very, very different experiences of Fiji.
For our first two days, we had fantastic hospitality from Paul’s university friend Mike who has lived in Suva the capital for over a year. Suva is a good three to four hour drive from the international airport in Nadi (I have discovered that this is pronounced “Nandi”). The taxi ride there was definitely an adventure! But we had a really good glimpse of many aspects of life in Fiji: including urban and rural poverty and wealth; the countryside and villages; the churches and temples; and through the anecdotes of the taxi driver a fascinating insight into the culture, economy, history and beliefs and values of the Fijians.
Mike and his family then continued the stream of local information followed by a fascinating tour on Monday of Suva. We couldn’t possibly have done this on our own, Mike’s insider information and experience was invaluable.
Then back to Denarau, just outside Nadi, where contains some of the mainland luxury resort hotels. The contrast was very stark. 24 hours of luxury, and sadly torrential tropical rain! We had a really delicious meal and chilled and relaxed, which was totally fantastic and very welcome.
But we are so grateful to Mike for giving us a fascinating insight into real life in Fiji.
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