Feejee Time

The final hurrah for Rish and my adventures came round soo fast, too fast in fact. Coming over to Fiji was bitter sweet. I mean who’d say no to a beach front villa looking out onto paradise with the friendliest neighbours possible? .. But the view had a price… 6 nights with sun, sea and sand and then Rish would be heading home on a 24 hour flight…. Leaving me behind. 🙁

And by leave me behind, I do mean, I’m going to VEEEGAS! Yeeee baaaby!

Honestly though, Fiji has been nothing short of magical… The first night we arrived we had to stay in Nadi so had booked a cheap hostel only 10 mins from the airport. It uh, did the job; clean, functional and somewhere we were happy to leave the next morning… Not wanting to miss out on any time in Fiji,  we headed across the road to a nicer hostel which had a fire show… Which is pretty much the entertainment staff dancing around holding a burning stick on the beach Lol… Can’t lie, we were still pretty excited to be in 30* heat being entertained by, well, anything but a caravan!

Despite the thrilling evening, we were up bright and early to get on the Yasawa flyer which is a 5 hour boat journey passing through Fiji’s gorgeous islands dropping off backpackers on the way. Rish and I were in for the long haul though. I had lived up to my Princess Sparkle nickname and selected the best resort in the ‘backpacker’ range… And then persuaded Rish that we NEEDED to stay in the premium beach front villas too! … Well it was our last week!!

Our 5 nights in the resort simply put was magical. Everything from, waking up in the morning to the white sand, clear blue sea with the coral just a stones throw away to the outdoor shower which had an inexplicable overwhelming tranquility not to mention the lively communal evening dinner and entertainment. It’s hard to select the best part.

The resort was definitely a romantic destination so the night time activities were slightly tame but still very interesting…….. oi get your head out the gutter… what I meant was the resort’s entertainment! They had crab racing on the first night, yeup that’s right, we hunted round the beach for the fastest crab who would win us $20 at the bar! Ok Rishi hunted round, as if I was going to touch a crab… eww… it was all to no avail though, unfortunately our selection did not even move from the starting point! The Fijian evening was awesome on the other hand, you could feel the energy from the local village people who entertained us with music and dancing… Rishi was thrown around by one of the ‘larger than life’ village ladies …. happy to share pictures for that if anyone wants to see!!  There was also movie night, where the resort put up a big screen on the beach and we sat there on the hand woven mats munching away on the popcorn watching our chosen chick flick that night, Love Actually.

Well, we can blame the movie choice on Anna! One of the reasons that Fiji was so awesome, was the fun people we met. Every night dinner is served on the long tables and so you sit with other guests from the resort. One night we happened to be seated with Anna and Tom and Jen and Brinn. We bonded over our desire for ice-cream, thinking up crazy ways of how we would get our hands on the magnums, because our resort didn’t serve any. Luckily we didn’t follow through, or else one or more of us would either have been eaten by a shark or be bending over for soap in prison…. Nice! 🙂

Our other biggest concern was working out how we could make sure we had to do the  the least possible movement and yet enjoy the beach to its full potential… Fiji had made us lazy… Caaammooon, it’s Fiiiji Tiiime…

Ok, so we did get off our lazy butts sometimes. Basket weaving, which was actually making bamboo leaf bracelets was an activity we considered manageable… Works of art these bracelets are I tell you. A whole afternoon spent making those bad boys! Who would have thought it would be so strenuous and time consuming?! Anywho, spurred on by the adrenalin from that activity, Rishi and I did also venture out for some snorkelling one morning and even visited the village for the Sunday church service… I think Anna’s main activity was feeding Charlie the dog that week, while Jen and Brinn actually outshone us by snorkelling every day!! That’s hard work I tell you.. Trust me, all of that activity seemed like a chore, compared to lying in our hammock, reading the Godfather and of course interspersing that with napping and eating. Could life get any sweeter?

How could I not have mentioned the actual food?! Ok, so being the only veggies that week, the Fijian hospitality was definitely evident with the Chef coming to check the evening menu with us every day and even supplying that extra spicy kick for our Indian palette. Apart from the dinners, the muffins we kept forgetting to steal from breakfast every morning, probably because we were too lethargic from the pancakes, definitely helped pad out the belly and lets not forget my daily dose of Mediterranean pasta despite the choice of Thai curries and the perfectly crunchy cassava chips… YUM YUM!

Fiji will definitely have a soft spot in our heart or perhaps my stomach (eek!) and especially thanks to our Fijian lazy companions. We will definitely be heading over to see Tom and Anna in Germany for more eating and antics. Jen, Brin, you coming along? I’ll get the Cornettos, you bring the Magnums! 🙂

Anywho, I have to say bye for now as Rishi is leaving me to go home…. :'( and I’ve got to make my way to the other terminal to catch my flight to Vegas… I can’t believe these 4 months are already over. We came here thinking this was a once in a lifetime trip, but the travel bug has been fed… next stop…. ?

p.s. you’ll be pleased to know that we did get our ice-cream on the boat back to the mainland, phew! 🙂

Alice’s secret..

Welcome to Alice Springs… Uh stay indoors so you don’t get robbed, beat up or killed… Ok, ok it’s not that bad, as long as your back in your room by 9pm! Lol..

After arriving in Alice Springs, which actually has some gorgeous scenery so its shame about the bad rep, we headed into town to have a super quick dinner and rush back to our hostel before 7.30pm. It was quite nice to take a break, we chilled out and watched the film “Traffic” while being told by an Aussie from Melbourne that he couldn’t handle walking down many streets in his city because of the abundance of Indians. Lovely ei?

Don’t worry, Anj took care of him, with a firm “Do you mind, we’re trying to watch a filum?!” 🙂

We made sure we rested up too in our “cottage” at Alice’s Secret Hostel… The secret was that the cottage, Aka a shed in the garden had more holes in it than… (I’ll let you complete that).. Suffice it to say we had to share our abode with Lord knows how many people peering in and of course a cockroach.. Good memories.. 🙂

Anywho, the next day, we started our 2 day, 1 night tour early again, with a 6am pick up!

The first day involved a hell of a lot of driving again, to arrive to our first spot, the Rock, otherwise known as Uluru (the official and Aboriginal name for it)!

It is stunning. Uluru is one massive rock at 348m high, 9km in circumference, in a land where there is hardly any other rocks around it. The crazy thing is, this rock continues a mammoth 4km further into the ground!

That is one big stone. As we walked around (we respected the Aboriginals request not to climb it for their religious beliefs…not that everyone else does the same), and our tour guide explained the stories the Aboriginals have for the creation of this rock, it truly did bring it fully to life. I honestly can’t tell you how happy we were that we had a tour guide for that bit, as I don’t think we would have appreciated the beauty as much!

It is amazing to hear how the Aboriginals live with the belief of living in the now using the natural world for all their needs! No creation of materialistic belongings, no belief that anything belongs to them or living for the future! They believe everything belongs to mother earth and we should be there to look after and preserve it!

Anyway we ended the day watching the sunset over Uluru with a glass of Champagne (okay, okay…Orange Juice) and snacks!… Sweeeet! When we weren’t all being engrossed by the food, we did manage to watch the sheer magic of the whole rock change colours as the sun sets.

As if the day hadn’t been exciting enough, Anjali decided to have a shower! … Yeup, so unusual I know, I was so thankful… KIDDING! .. As she was showering, one of the girls pointed out there was a mouse cruising for chicks in their bathroom. (Apparently it was very cute!!).. For some reason, at that point she got the hell out of there! 🙂 Probably because we’d been told we were more than likely see the mice in our tents anyway, while mini alligator type species would be resting under our tent. Niiice and cosy! Aww.

The next day was a 5am wake up to go in the search for wild Kangaroos and see the Olgas or Kata Tjutu! We saw one Kangaroo!

Gutted! Its better than none.. I guess. 🙁

To be honest the walk through Kata Tjutu made up for it.

This is quite a tricky walk and infact one lady on our trip, fell and cut her head open, so had to be air lifted out! Crazy! Her husband told us he would have to fork out around £3G’s for this! We heard she was okay later, thank God!

Anyway the walk was amazing and when you reach the top, the view is out of this world! You look between 2 Olgas and see the sun rising over the backdrop. It is like it literally came from a post card! Stunning!

And that was it… the end of the road! Well apart from the exciting 6 hours coach journey back to Alice Springs with views of Mt Conner, the Mac-something ranges and a stop off for cheese toasted sandwiches!! Hmm.. (Can you tell Anj added that bit in? Hmm!)

A quick note, one thing we wanted to see, but didn’t have the time to go to on this tour was Kings Canyon (we actually thought it was on this tour), and the Mcdonald ranges from close up, so if you get the chance suggest you spend 4 days there and do it!

Also if you do make it out here to the Red centre, which is kinda more green at the mo.. Make sure you do the free digeridoo workshop… It’s jokes.. We both managed to get sounds of it.. Concerts coming soon to a busking location near you!

Anyway time to leave the Outback now and prepare for the beach part of trip! Bring on Cairns! 🙂