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Traveling truth: “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Advertisements

Reflections from the road

Life on the road happens fast. One day you’re at McDonald’s happily hogging their free WiFi and chomping chicken nuggets …. And the next day you’re in the bush being terrorized by little blood-sucking fiends (bugs, mostly), wishing your mobile phone had just one more bar of signal to allow a connection to Facebook. While traveling,…

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….

The Blue Lagoon

We’ve all heard of the Blue Lagoon and its reputed monsters, oh wait, that’s the Black Lagoon…. What’s actually scary: some of us watched the original film, “The Blue Lagoon,” in 1948, or worse, the remake with Brook Shields in 1980. No matter how you feel about the films, the Blue Lagoon is spectacular and I was…

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a Mermaid.

OK: when I was little, I was obsessed with the Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid.” I wanted my parents to change my name to Ariel, and I hoped that by spending heaps of time  in the local swimming pool, I might actually grow gills and a fish tail. Aside from just being a weird kid, I…

Waya Island: Let the Games Begin!

The name of the game: hermit crab racing. Seriously, this is where the action is in the Yasawas, Fiji, never mind the the gorgeous four-strar resort I stayed at on Waya Island after leaving Southsea. Or the reef I snorkelled from the beach. Maybe it’s because my Dad took me to the race track when…

Sunrise:

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” — Henry Miller  

Mamanuca Islands — Southsea

My first night away from the mainland was spent in the Mamanuca Islands on a patch of land so small it looked like a playset just haphazardly left in the Pacific Ocean much like a Lego abandoned in a vast expanse of living room carpet. (Due to my camera debacle, you have to visit the…

Quick Stop: Cloudbreak

One of the reasons I stayed in Byron Bay was to chase waves like every other surfer who stumbles upon this chilled out beach town. So, it’s no surprise a famous surf spot called Cloudbreak quickly caught my imagination as I read about it in my friend’s Fiji Travel Guide on the airplane. Picture it now:…

Happy Hour: A Different Brew

Kava is the national drink of Fiji. And since I am a firm believer in trying new things — at least new things I’ve convinced myself won’t lead to an immediate hospital trip — I had to get my mitts on some. This  muddy-looking local drink is made from the powdered root of a plant which…

Quick Stop: Nadi

The first order of business upon getting to Fiji was applying for a new visa that would allow me to return to Australia. Once my application was lodged, I was free to explore Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. I braved downtown Nadi  —  a community located to the West of the mainland — before leaving…

Fiji: An Accidental Adventure

OK, it wasn’t quite: “I got so drunk the night before my flight, I somehow boarded the wrong plane and woke up in downtown Suva topless,” kind of accidental — I have yet to achieve such scary levels of irresponsibility — but, nonetheless, my trip to Fiji was not planned. It just happened and I…