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Reisverslag Trying to get focussed in Fiji ;)
8 mei 2015
Trying to get focussed in Fiji ;)
So here I am on the 7th of May in the airplane on my way to Fiji sitting next to two guys who are traveling together to Fiji to have a guys-surf-vacation! They are meeting a group of friends there; they just didn’t know each other yet, but are both connected to the same friends… During the flight we have some fun conversations and in between those I look into the Lonely planet! After my last experiences in Melbourne I feel a bit confused, sad and not really focussed… I am looking forward to my studio-apartment in Fiji though, because then I’ll have a place to myself to get reorganized and back on my own track again :)
We arrive in Fiji at 4:35pm. When I get out of the plane, get my backpack I have to walk through security - they want to check my bag!! Wow, the way I am being approached feels like they think I am a criminal… Hey, I know having Amsterdam in my pasport might give them a reason to be suspicious ;), but the aggressive energy didn’t make me feel welcome at all! Hmmm, Fiji impression 1 doesn’t feel good… Hopped in a cab to get to the place I am staying :)))
If you think you’ ve had it all…I haven’t set foot on her property yet or the local lady I am staying at is warning me for all sorts of things; making sure I know about the dangers of going out alone, saying that I have to lock everything, don’t take to much money, don’t go out when it’s dark and so on and so on!
Pfff, when I was alone - sitting down in my room I had to cry… Why am I here?? What am I doing? Where do I want to go??
Not long after that I decide to go out to a place to eat, although I feel like I have to hurry, because it just got dark! I figure the best choice is a restaurant that’s close to my place… Dinner was great, but Fiji doesn’t feel that good. Hmmm, going to explore a bit tomorrow to experience the island and the energies out here some more!
May 8 is my first full day in Fiji! I woke up this morning with the realization that I’ve been processing a lot during this journey so far - beautiful, amazing, intense and sometimes challenging (and still great) moments. Last week felt a bit like an emotional rollercoaster! And still it feels great to be able to do this, travel the world - uhhh, the islands is probably a better way of putting it ;), getting to know and love myself more and more and on top of that my connection with my intuition, my heart, my flow, my path is getting stronger and clearer! And following that was the reason I started this journey in the first place :))) And now after meeting David in Melbourne, yes I feel the sadness of “having” to say goodbye after feeling so on top of the world while meeting him… Although it’s not different then the rest of my travels in a way; because with living in the now you never know what’s next and enjoy every moment to the fullest! I definitly did :)))) And in this now moment I feel the need to take time to proces, grieve and let go!
After writing all this down I am ready to go and explore this new island on this new day :) Curious how my experience is going to be!! Fiji here I come ;) I am going by foot! When I looked at the map I figured out a route that takes me to the beach, passing town, walking along the water feels like a good idea. Islandlife on Fiji also goes with the tropical trees, fruits and coconuts ;) And I still feel this vibe of not feeling safe… The vibe feels so different then Hawaii for example! On my way on the main road some guys approach me, introduce themselves and ask me to come back later - they are going to be hanging out at that tree the whole day ;) I say I’ll probably walk the same way back, if so we’ll see each other…
At some point I turn right of the main road straight to the water if I recall right :)... Once walking here it's seems to be a very local area!! I am almost the only one walking there... Sometimes a local walks by, but that's about it. Halfway down the road I come across two guys; they ask me what I am doing there?! "I am walking here." Their reaction in a quite aggressive tone: "Why???" I respond with: "Uh...because I want to walk to the beach." "That's NOT possible!! You cannot walk to the beach from here!!" they say. "Well, on the map it seems possible to get there this way." "NO, you can't!!" After a few minutes one of them finally says there is a way to get there... So I decide to follow my path to the ocean after this sort of verbal attack! I do wonder if it's still a good idea?! I figure if I focus on the positive it will all work out ;) At the end of the road I am supposed to turn right somewhere to get to the ocean! At this point there are some women sitting in front of their house asking me if I can find my way?! I explain to them I want to walk to the ocean and they tell me that there's not really a road but a dirt path that will take me there. When I turn around the corner thinking I found that path; it really is a path through the bush - one that you cannot really call a path! Hmm...this is not going to work, because I can't even see were it takes me one meter ahead ;) A little to challenging, even for my perceptions on challenging ;)))) I walk back to the friendly ladies and one of them takes me to the path she was talking about. Oooohhh, this I can follow :) So there I go!
Through a real local neighborhood! Great to see how the real locals life outside of the city :) After walking this path for about half an hour some guys sitting under their tree say hi to me and ask me how I am doing. "I am fine :)." Then they ask me if I come over there. My first reaction is that I am going to walk on to the beach. "You should have a break." They are kind of right :) The sun is burning and on top of that Fiji climate is humid! There I go; chilling under the tree with four local guys... They offer me oranges of the orange tree right behind us. They all live their together in the house they build their selves! They say they asked the government if they could live on that piece of land. That was okay and so they built their own house. After a while I decide to leave. "Oh you're going with the bus?!" Surprised when I say I am going to walk :) One of the guys asks for my phone number, but when I tell him I don't have a local simcard it's not even an option ;)...
On my way again! Following the path I finally come closer to the beach :) But there is this fence I seem to pass to get there... Once I get there there is this guy coming up to me asking me what I am doing there (again??! ;)). He says that unfortunately I can’t go to the beach from here, because it’s private property. I can go and see this private property area he says, but there’s no way through :( Hmmm, well it’s been an interesting walk so far to bad I can’t walk to the beach from here! I walk back via Fantasy road; just the name of the road - nothing fantasy-like walking through this road ;) And yeah!! after to left turns I finally make it to the beach anyway :)
When I get there it’s sad that it’s kind of a dirty beach; people leaving there trash behind… No sparkles awakening in me being here…it suits the way I feel at the moment! I decide to sit down here anyway and take the time to write about my last weeks experiences, getting my emotions sorted, getting clarity about Fiji and figuring out if staying here is what I FEEL like doing… After a few sentences Dunedin introduces himself; a local guy living "next door" to this beach. He tells me stuff about the area and says he lives just behind some of the trees he points out. He wants to get some water and asks if I’ll still be there if he comes back in a few minutes. “Yes, I will still be here!” And as he said he’s back in a few minutes and tells me somethings about the history of the area, about his uncle and aunt where he lives and he shows me around a bit. He also tells me about how locals don’t always like tourists to come especially on the smaller islands. They feel like tourists invade the islands which makes some locals steal from tourists etcetera, he explains… Hmm my not so safe and good feeling about Fiji doesn’t really fade and then stories like this don’t really help! But with that being said after a local “tour” Dunedin invites me to his uncles house to have dinner with them. His uncle will bring me home, he adds! I have to say I asked myself if it’s a good idea; I figured I could give it a try :)
A few guys are busy fixing a car on the property where Dunedin and I arrive! Dunedin makes space on a wooden bench outside for me to sit. After a while everyone joins us - they are all going to have Kava: Kava is a plant native to the South Pacific and the root is used for medicine. In this case they say it is an every night Kava-drinking ceremony (Dunedin and his family/ friends have). The sedative drink is made from the crushed roots of the Kava plant and makes them feel relaxed! In the middle of the circle there is this big bowl full of Kava and there’s a small cup being filled after every person who drinks the Kava - so clockwise everybody gets there share. When it’s my turn I pass, but with being in the ceremony they offer me a little bit just to try. I have one little sip of this drink that not only looks like dirt water, but also tastes like it - having the real local experience ;) All the following rounds I pass and there are a lot of following rounds…
Then Dunedin asks me if I would like some curry; “Do you like chicken curry?” When I answer that would be great he says we do have to get some groceries! So off we go to the grocery store. Once we’re there getting what we need it seems his nephews and him don’t have any money… I somehow felt it coming while walking through the store. Bummer!!! If they would have just discussed this in advance it would have been different. I did decide to pay, but woooww this is not the way…is my opinion ;)
I have to say the cooking one of his uncles took on was great to experience! With one fire pit he made a great chicken curry :))) His aunt joined us to have a chat and some curry too. But during the Kava-ceremony the men don’t eat. After a while one of his nephews brings me to the place I am staying!
Exciting choice to go with Dunedin! I do feel I got to see more of the local life, also got to experience more of the Fiji vibe today and decide tomorrow is the day to figure out if this is a vibe I like to stay in longer...
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27 juli 2015 12:14 | Door: marlies
Wat een avontuur, had ook niet goed kunnen aflopen maar ja, zo maak je nog eens wat mee.
Heb jij geen heimwee ondertussen? Hoeft niet hoor Holland gaat gewoon saai door.