Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fiji—Part Two

The sea was so calm one morning in Fiji that it seemed more like a lake than the ocean.
Absolutely pristine.
Well, we have been back at the marina now in Port Danarau, Fiji for the past few days and we have been busily getting AMARA in shipshape before we set off for New Caledonia.  I even went and did a little shopping spree with Sue this afternoon.  It was so fun since I haven't done any real shopping since starting out on this adventure.

It has been almost five weeks when we arrived in Fiji and I feel like we have barely skimmed the surface of all the islands.  I can see why so many cruisers just come to Fiji for a season and don't go anywhere else.  But alas, it is time to point AMARA westward toward Australia.

Since time is ticking down, I thought that I would just post a few photos of our time in Fiji so that you can see what we have been up to and so I can remember 10 years from now what we did.
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Martin and I visiting an old leper colony on the island of Makogai.
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Sue and Lily enjoying the sun in Fiji. 
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Lily enjoying her fancy drink.
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Martin giving some local school kids a ride home from school in the dinghy.
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The rest of the school kids following the dinghy. 
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We went and visited a small community off the island of Taveauni.  
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These people essentially had nothing, but what they didn't lack was a lot of love for Lily. 
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We brought balsa wood gliders for the kids.
Here, Martin is helping to assemble one for the little boys.
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This girl loved Lily.  She never put her down the entire time
we were visiting the village.  Of course, Lily loved it.
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Lily enjoying "Fairy Bread."  An Aussie kid favorite.  
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While on the island of Makogai, we were given a tour by the local chief of the community.   It was an old leper colony when it finally closed down in the sixties.  The children were so sweet and loving with us and they were especially enamored by the little girl in the stroller.  They followed us everywhere... rather, they followed Lily everywhere.
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Showing the children all the pictures that I had taken of them.  They LOVED seeing pictures of them.  Next time, I am going to bring a polaroid camera so that I can give pictures away.  
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The community takes pride in their turtle preserve. 
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This is Rosie.  I could have taken her home with me.  She was such a precious little girl.
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The old cemetery.
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The women preparing for the evenings ceremony that we were going to have with them.
Here they are making headdresses for the children to perform in that evening.  
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Where I love being the most–With all the little ones.
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Heading back to the boat.  Lily and Sue have turned into Pied Pipers.
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The children waving goodbye until the evening where they are set to perform for us.
We loved visiting this part of Fiji.  Especially the community of Makogai.  I will try and get the photos up of the children performing for us that evening.  It was one of the funnest evenings that we have had in a long time and I'd love to share it with all of you.

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We are pulling up anchor as I type heading to check out of Fiji.  It will take us a day to get to where we have to check out and then we are off to New Caledonia.  I am sad to leave all our new friends behind but anxious for the new adventures that await.

Here is to safe travels and fair winds.