Thankyou and Goodbye- Fiji
To those of you using this blog as a personal soap opera (mentioning no names- lynn haha) I would like to apologise for the lack of updates over the last week or so. We have been island hopping through Fiji and many of the islands have had no telephone/ internet access, so have had to keep you hanging until now to let you know our movements.
Before we do that though I'll give you an update on what some of the others have been doing since we left them. It appears that our fave Brummie boy will has his own personal fan club, so to those of you who are wondering- he is currently in South America doing a 6 week tour of cycling, hiking etc. Will- our thoughts are with you, hopefully you are laying off the vodka enough to compete with everybody else (hahaha just kiddin). Jo is in New Zealand on a Contiki tour and we are meeting her up the coast of Australia in a few weeks because she's starting at the other end. Lil, Brendan and Ash are all back in the UK- hope it's not too cold there for you all but after the camping you are well experienced to cope :o) Juno and Gil are back in Korea and I am in regular contact with Gil who has joined the wonder that is Facebook. Juno- we have found 2 people who can rival your sleeping habits- one is a Swiss guy (Pascal, you'll hear more about him later) and an Italian guy called Antonio. Maybe we could set up the sleeping olympics for you all- winner gets a nice comfy bed haha. I haven't spoken to Katz but I figure he got back to Japan ok...at least I'm hoping he did anyways. Lone and Amanda (the Danish girls) are back in Denmark and have been tagged in quite a few of their piccies on FB. Cindy (the Juliet of the tour) is in sunny Sydney and we'll be seeing her on Tuesday to celebrate St Patricks day in style with her- Goon at the ready hahaha.
And now onto our update....So the last time I updated this I think we were in Korovou and having an absolute ball. We were doing a tour called the Tropical Awegasm which included a 6 island hop of Fiji. The way that it works is that you are given a book of passes and you make your own way to the boat transfers on the days that you need to which takes you to the islands and so on. It's not an actual tour like the one that we did in America, so you have people who are on a lot of the same islands as you and some who are even doing the same tour but could be one day behind you or one day in front. At Korovou was where we got chatting properly to 1 half of what is going to be the best new band to rock the world- and that is the strawberry half aka Gaz. Korovou didn't have the best beach in the world but what it didn't have in beach was made up for with the fresh water pool and the incredible staff. We spent the first day at Korovou chilling by the pool and topping up the tan. The first evening we were entertained with the Bula dance and the staff were all quite happy to get involved with us all- particularly Sam, Paul, Steve and Wa. I won a dance competition and didn't even have to get the 'what' sign out (you know what I mean Rich haha) I was informed I'd get my prize the next day and so went to bed mega excited for what I'd won. The staff made a bonfire on the beach for us and we all sat around chatting. The skies in Fiji are beautiful and the constellations are so clear to see.
The second day at Korovou was when Strawb landed so we spent the day chilling in the pool. It was way too hot to sunbathe, so we sat in the pool instead. H decided she needed to top up the tan so sat on a lounger with her book and her sunglasses, pretending to read but secretly eyeing up all of the staff. She then decided to take herself for a walk along the beach. It's a tough life y'know but somebody has to do it haha. Anyways the walk along the beach comes with the Walker seal of approval, so you all have to got yourselves over there to check it out. My prize turned out to be some gin. No Jenn I didn't mix it with Vodka, just tonic and I have to say I could be converted (well for that one night I was at least). We did crab racing and for those of you who don't know what crab racing is; you basically pull a crab out of a bucket and put a number on it's back. Then it's a case of seeing which one makes it out of the circle first. Julia the birthday girl won but I'm not sure that she won anything. I got everybody to sing happy birthday to her and then we all got pulled up to dance. More traditional dancing was done too and H and I both agreed that the fire dance the guys did at Korovou was far better than the one we saw at Waya Laylai. Well we are proffesionals now you know, we are considering putting in applications to 'So you think you can Dance' to be on the judging panel.
We were sorry to say goodbye to Korovou, particularly Sam and Wa but our public were awaiting at Coral View (so much to do and so little time).We will definitely be going back to Korovou as it was pretty much perfect. The only thing we would do to change it would be to update the washroom/restroom facilities but the outstanding service and food more than make up for it.
Coral View was nice enough but didn't live up to the standards set by Korovou. The best part about Coral View was meeting some of the people we were about to spend the rest of our time in Fiji with; Moustache aka Matt, Sally, Mintuu, Laura, Busker aka Pascal (long story haha)Chris, Kaisha and Antonio. What we have found, especially from being in Fiji is that it doesn't really matter where you are, so long as the people you are with are a good bunch. We have been really lucky from the beginning to have met some great people who have made all of the bed bug/ mosquito bites/ tiredness etc all worthwhile and quite entertaining in the process. Matt and Sally introduced us to the game of spoons and I have to admit that I am not the best at this game, in fact I'm probably the worst. It's a funny game though and has made it into the list of things to play on our 26 hour train ride (although I'm not sure how it will work with only 2 of us). The entertainment at Coral View wasn't the greatest and Heather made sure her opinions were known. The singing definitely didn't live up to the fire dancing and there isn't really anything that sticks out in my mind about recommending Coral View other that going to do the cave diving. To get right into the cave you have to go completely underwater. It is nothing like any other experience that we've had and as far as we know, this is the only island where this activity is offered. We all made our own fun and I christened the band that is now known as Strawberry Moustache which is made up of Gaz and Matt. The reason for this is that Gaz has a 3/4 guitar which looks like a strawberry and Matt has a tattoo of a moustache on his index finger. I can't even begin to tell you about the entertainment that moustache has given us over the last few days but it was definitely money well spent. I have copyrighted the name and they will soon be bringing their music to a bar near you.
After Coral View was the Wanna Taki cruise and I think both H and I were literally itching to get off this island. Unfortunately a combination of extreme bed bug bites and sunburn had left us in a very uncomfortable way and were excited about the air conditioned dorms on the cruiser boat.Spent the afternoon jumping off the boat and then doing some kayaking/ snorkelling. If you're thinking of doing Fiji you definitely need to include this in your trip. We got onto the boat on the 7th March and it saw the start of Heathers birthday celebrations. I organised a cake and a special birthday cocktail (FMU) and we all sang the first round of happy birthday. We played some drinking games in teams and the losing teams were condemned to giving us a pole dance followed by a lap dance (so a good night for us haha). After the official games had finished, we played some games of our own- formula one and the goggle game. I am currently working on adapting them to banking products so that I can use them as energisers- WOOOOO!!! Our group grew with Natalie, Marty and Mr Fiji Gold aka Simon. We also had the guys from Coral View so I guess you could say we had a right old time haha. Heather had a bit of a cry and got to speak to her mum via smoke signals ...not really it was a mobile haha and then continued the birthday bash.
Heather ended up crashed out on the top deck of the boat and some unthinkables were very nearly done to her. I wont go into too much detail as I know our mums are reading this haha. Luckily enough for her they weren't and she took herself off to bed. Matt, Chris and I carried on the drinking and then got ourselves into our beds to get a good start on the next day.
Day 2 on the Wanna Taki boat and it was hangovers at the ready. Actually I wasn't too bad as I got up at 9 am and did some snorkelling, followed by another round of jumping off the boat. It doesn't look too steep at first, it's only when you look over the side that you realise how high up it is. Heather was slightly more worse for wear as the FMU cocktail had had quite an effect on her. As we were sitting around for lunch we were all sorry to be leaving the cruise and going to our next places. Sally and Matt were already booked in for 2 nights and we not so quietly pleased with themselves. One by one we all had the same idea- why don't we all stay an extra night?? So that's exactly what we did. Gaz who was one day behind, got onto the boat that day and it was day 2 of Queen Heathers birthday celebrations. We did more snorkelling and swimming, then had dinner. One by one people were taking themselves to bed until somebody (I think it was Matt) had the idea of doing an FMU. There were only 4 of us up for the challenge- Matt, Gaz, Sophie (on the same boat as Gaz) and myself. The drink has about 6 shots in it and we all did 1.5 each. I say 1.5 because Matt kindly poured half of our second one over all of us- thanks again eh haha. FMU's are lethal and it basically led to team olympics, pole dancing and the grand finale was a talcum powder fight downstairs in the dorm area. Apologies again to anybody that we woke up. We weren't in the best books the following morning and the sight of all the talcum powder was a harsh reminder of the madness from the night before. We apologised to the crew and cleanded up but I think they definitely saw the funny side of it- particularly you Matt haha. The words 'be prepared' come to mind when you get dressed every morning as you never know where each day may take you haha.
So as we said a teary goodbye to more people (even though we were going to be seeing them the next day) we began to look forward to what the next island had to offer. What we did realise though, is that a lot of us are going to be in Thailand for the Full Moon Party at the same time so have organised a Big Toe reunion for then. We headed to South Sea Island and like a lot of the other islands, South Sea is amazing. It holds roughly 20 people as it's too small to hold any more and you can walk around it in about 5 mins. The sunset was so beautiful and got some beautiful pictures.
Day 2 of South Sea and H and I went on a day cruise called the SeaSpray. It came included in our tour and was all food/ drinks for the day as well as a visit to a traditional Fijian Village and the island where Castaway was filmed. The day did not disappoint and we even visited a school. I was amazed by the island and if I had been Tom Cruise, I never would have left. I did my own little bit of exploring and even found my own Wilson- in the form of a coconut. The island really is perfect and no words can describe how it looks but I can't wait to show you my video footage from it.
When we got back to South Sea, the guys who had left to go to another island after the cruise were back again for one last night. We dressed up for the occasion and by dressed up I mean we showered haha and settled in for what we thought would be our last night together. Heathers created a fan club for her boobs...and I think I can guess who the president will be haha. If you would like to join, send me an email haha.
Our last morning in Fiji was spent sunbathing and chatting (oh what a tough life). I fell over in the pool about 4 times. When I say fall, I literally diappeared under the water. I hadn't realised that there were shelves in the pool and nearly drowned myself. Luckily enough it wasnt fatal but I'm starting to think I have 9 lives....actually no. With all the accidents I've had, I think I've had the lives of about 10 cats haha. I got bitten by bedbugs and my ankles/legs have swollen up ridiculously. I am leaving the complaining to Heather, I'm just venting mine here instead so OOOOWWWWW!!!! I've been bitten by bed bugs and im so so so sore!!! hahaha just kidding but seriously, they aren't the most pleasant things in the world- they're affecting my golden brown tan with their marks.
We got back to the main island and said our goodbyes to Sally and Matt to take ourselves to the airport. Once we arrived we headed straight to the check in desk to start the next part of the trip. When we got there, we were informed that there was no scheduled flight. The staff were quite rude to Heather and she looked like she was about to have a fit so I stepped in and took matters into my owns hands. It turned out that our flight had been changed to the previous day but nobody had taken the time to let us know. This meant we were stranded in Fiji for another night ...dont worry you dont have to get your violins out haha.
So what do you think we did when we found out we were in Fiji for another night??? We headed to the hotel where everybody was staying and surprised them haha so it meant yet another farewell. I swear we've said more goodbyes in the last 3 days than we have in the whole trip haha. We all chilled, had pizza and watched 'Yes Man'. The film is good but not a patch on the book. It was good to see everyone (for yet another last time haha) and think Thailand will be ace.
So there's the last week or so in Fiji....looking forward to yet another Big Toe reunion dont know how we'll get through the next few weeks (sob sob sob) haha.
Hope this was enough of an update, have got loads in my journal which I've probs missed out so will be adding extra bits in. Watch this space haha.
Safe flights to everyone...Matt, Sally- enjoy Bali :o)
lots of love
x x x