Friday, February 24, 2006

Leaving Fiji

Well, this is my last day in Fiji. I've had an awesome time, everywhere I went. But alas, it is time to move on. I'm flying to New Caledonia in 5 hours, so time to brush up on my french...It will be nice to stay somewhere with electricity, i'm pretty sure going without power for 10 days is a new personal best.
Now that I'm back in civilization so to speak, i'll put up some more photos.




Here is Jone, our multi-talented hotel manager, running his side business of tattooing. He made his tattoo gun himself, using a pen, wire, and a motor from a remote control car.










Here is our boatman on the way to Naiehehe cave, hard at work.











I think the shirt says it all...Fijian to the bone.














Here I am on top of the Siatoka Sand dunes, doiny my best to pretend i'm a surfer :P As you can see, the weather hasn't been the greatest lately.



Until next time, au revoir (thats french for goodbye)

Monday, February 20, 2006

Club Masa

Yesterday we went up the Sigatoka valley into the heart of Fiji. It was a long, slow 2 hour bus ride through the mountains. It was worth it though, just to see 3 Fiji cops riding the bus to get to a crime scene. Only in Fiji.
Once we made it to this tiny little village, we took a boat across to get to this cave. Now when I heard boat, I assumed something with an engine, or at the very least oars or poles to propel us across the Sigatoka River. No dice. Instead, a Fijian guy got into the water, up to his neck, and pushed the boat as he walked across the river. It ended up taking about 15 mins to cross a 4 meter wide river. Once across we trekked for about an hour to get to the Naihehe cave, and a local chief took us through and told us all the traditions of the cave. All in all it was a great trip, and a good excuse to take a break from surfing and let my sunburn heal. Photos to follow, having some trouble with the internet here.

Friday, February 17, 2006

WWWWipeout!

After a quick but costly two-night stay at Rendezvous, I've moved to an awesome little spot called Club Masa, right by the only beach break in Fiji and the best place to learn how to surf. It is very....rustic, as it has just re-opened after the generator blew up, so no phones, no lights, or electricity, not a single luxury, like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. Literally. But it is a blast, and the local boys are great teachers. I won't say I'm a great student, but I'm determined to stand up before I leave Fiji on the 25th. Unfortunately my camera battery is dead, and it might be a while before I can recharge it, but I'll have more photos soon.

Andy

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Beachcomber Island, Fiji








The mates, Safari Pete, Pat, and Richie


Coconut hunter












Alright, i'm entering my second week of the trip, and all is well. I've just booked my onward flights, leaving Fiji for New Caledonia on the 25th of February, and going from New Caledonia to vanuatu on March 11th.
My first week at Beachcomber Island was truly a blast. I met some awesome people from all over the world, and the good times were rolling all week long. We were staying in the upper balcony of the dormitory, so there was only 12 of us up there (as opposed to the 60 or so unfortunate souls in that mass of humanity beneath us), and we had our own private balcony. Needless to say, all the coconut trees within reach of our balcony were stripped within a few days ;)
On Monday I went from Beachcomber Island back to the mainland, and was staying at at surf resort. However, it became apparent that I was nowhere near ready for this place, and the vicious surf trips they did out on the reef. So now I'm moving south, closer to a beginner beach break, where I'll be able to learn without paying through the nose for it.

I'll sign out now, but stay tuned!

Well, I feel so betrayed by Bill Gates, as that MSN site just isn't working at all. So I'm making the switch to this site. Enjoy.