Don’t wanna leave
It’s my last day in Fiji😔
I don’t wanna leave! I’ve had such a great time meeting new people, experiencing the culture, seeing things I’ve never seen before, and relaxing in the sun and beauty around me. My last night at Mantaray, they had a special meal for dinner, called Lovo, where they prepare the food by cooking it underground. And they showed us the traditional song / dance / story telling, called Meke. Here is a clip of part of the performance:
The Lovo had whole fish, tuna, two types of chicken, potatoes. Then they had kokoda (their version of ceviche), vegetable curry (my fave), various salads and sauces. Stuffed!
I don’t know how they hire people at these resorts, but all of the Fijians who work there (guides, house-cleaners, kitchen staff, maintenance) performed the Meke and sang. It ended at 10pm, and I saw most of them in the morning at breakfast already working at 8am. Since the island is 3 hours from mainland, they work in shifts – something like 30 days on, 7 days off or 10 days on, 2 days off, etc. They’re working like 15 hour days sometimes, with no days off. Not sure how I feel about that, considering I don’t know how much they get paid, and also that I didn’t see any of the white people working hours like that 😕 Barf. I just hope they are all happy, and then none of that ultimately matters.
Here are a few pics from my last day:
A few things I’ve learned about myself in Fiji:
- I like not having air conditioning and being cooled by the ocean breeze
- I don’t like self-composting toilets
- I really don’t like living in a room that has ants crawling around everywhere
- Fiji was every bit as beautiful and wonderful as I always dreamed it to be
- Because it was so amazing here, I really love snorkeling now
- I’m afraid of snorkeling alone
This is the song that the staff sang for us right before we left the resort (check out my boy on the bass they made from a box and a stick😂)…
Next Up: Today I leave for Japan, with a stop-over in Melbourne