Garden of the Sleeping Giant

First things first: what is the Sleeping Giant? And does it remain at large, potentially swatting small aircraft out of the sky and terrorizing tourists?

After thoughtful investigation, my best hypothesis: the Sleeping Giant is a dinosaur, most definitely a T-Rex, which has survived for millions of years, hidden in the lush jungles of Fiji. It is the best kept secret of the nation, and for a nominal fee, you too, can be terrorized, chased and eaten by an ancient creature.

Yeah, that's it!
Yeah, that’s it! (Image courtesy Google)

While I didn’t see the T-Rex per say, I did hear strange grumbling noises that clearly emanated from the hungry belly of this prehistoric beast … or at least something creepy, large, and somewhat mutuant-y like Ninja Turtles, that was eagerly awaiting a human Happy Meal.

OK — I actually have no idea what this infamous Sleeping Giant is, but I did spend an afternoon exploring a lovely botanic garden which, despite its ominous name, is nestled in a tropical mountain valley and is home to an extensive collection of orchids.

Pretty Flowers
Pretty flowers ….
It’s an orchid extravaganza, really!
Tada! No, I am not an orchid or a Sleeping Giant.

And this is my final Fijian adventure before braving the airport to head back to Australia.

That’s right: my student visa was granted while on holiday, amazingly enough! So, it’s time to begin a new chapter in Byron Bay!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Denise Beaurivage says:

    Congrats on getting the VISA, looking forward to continuing the journey.

    1. Thanks! With any luck, there’s so much more to come!

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