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Bula! (hello in Fijian) Last Saturday night, April 23rd, 23:30pm PST, I left the US soil and took off to the land of cannibals, Fiji. Fortunately the flight was half empty so I was able to spread my legs and take the entire middle row (4 seats) and sleep the entire flight. Eleven hours later I landed in Nadi, the only international airport in Fiji. Then I realized that it was Monday, April 25th. I totally skipped the April 24th since I crossed the date line during the flight and will continue my journey to the west. My eyes will never see April 24th. This day is gone forever! I passed through the customs without any problems, (even when I declared my PowerBars) and the hostel minivan was waiting for me at the airport with the most beautiful rainbow in the background welcoming me to Fiji.
I checked in and had some breakfast. Shortly thereafter, I booked a half-day trip to the highlands to see the native village about two hours in the mainland. This was absolutely fantastic. The volcanic scenery was stunning! Before we entered the village, the driver/guide, advised all travelers to remove hats and glasses since it is prohibited in the village and it would really upset the village chief. The village chief welcomed us and our little group entered chiefs home.
The guide gave the chief some KAVA as a gift and his daughter made us some to taste. We walked around the village while the chief talked about his little community. Then we hiked to the nearby waterfalls for a swim. This place reminds of of Adonis waterfalls in Cyprus I have visited back in 2001. I took some amazing pics and short films but the Internet connectivity is quite slow so I will upload when in Australia. Today, I am on my way to Mana. Mana is a small island on the west side of the big island, Viti Levu. For the next three day I plan on seeing the Castaway Island (from the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks), and perhaps some diving and snorkeling.
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