Let the wild rumpus start!!!
My trip has begun. After spending some time staying with friends in LA (💜love you guys💜☺️), I went to LAX for my 11 hour flight on Fiji Airways to Nadi. I have the Priority Pass, which gives me free access to airport lounges all over the world, so I used it to get into the KAL Lounge. It was really nice decor, comfortable, and has a balcony with seating overlooking the rest of the terminal (Tom Bradley Intl Terminal is beauuutiful). The food was lackluster… but, can’t complain if it’s free!
I had an economy seat on the Airbus 330-200. It had a touchscreen with movies and TV shows on each seat and a power outlet beneath the seat. No wifi available. It was relatively roomie and comfortable… and the guy next to me didn’t talk to me much (whew!).
Colorful, happy money😂
Because I crossed the International Date Line on the flight, I lost a day. But, because the time is 21 hours ahead of L.A., it’s actually been easy to get acclimatized to the time change (morning feels like morning, night feels like night). Hopefully I can ride that wave the whole trip! I checked into my hostel Thursday morning. I’m staying in a women’s dorm with bathrooms inside. The place is inexpensive ($11/night), small, nice, and the people who work here are great.
Today I took a tour with a guide group to Nadi town, and I saw the beautiful temple, market, Viseisei village, and an orchid garden back in the mountains called Garden of the Sleeping Giant that Raymond Burr used to own.
This is a backyard to some of the houses… can you imagine if this was your backyard!?????
Next up: Checking out another island in Fiji – Taveuni Island