Hello, Fiji

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!

KAL Lounge - LAX

KAL Lounge – LAX

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!).

fiji airways

fiji airways

Colorful, happy money😂

cash

cash

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.

smugglers cove hostel

smugglers cove hostel

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.

Sri Suva Subramaniya Hindu temple

Sri Suva Subramaniya Hindu temple

cows

cows

Sri Suva Subramaniya

dressing right for the temple

market

market

word.

word.

tiny chilis

tiny chilis

DURIAN stink fruit!

DURIAN stink fruit!

garden of the sleeping giant

sleeping giant

Viseisei backyard

Viseisei village

This is a backyard to some of the houses… can you imagine if this was your backyard!?????

Viseisei backyard

Viseisei backyard

Viseisei

Viseisei

ballerina orchid

garden of the sleeping giant – ballerina orchid

Next up:  Checking out another island in Fiji – Taveuni Island

5 Comments on “Hello, Fiji

  1. Loved getting to see you before your adventure began. Beautiful pics! Especially love the one with you in the sari at temple; so very cool! Can’t wait to see more! Be safe and have fun!

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  2. Your adventures are beginning in a wonderful way. You look beautiful in your sari outside the temple. I will watch your updates with anticipation. Sending love…

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