As I think I mentioned in the first post of this little project, I would interweave some thoughts from when I went to Fiji last year. In all honesty, the trip to Fiji was pretty much my second option, as I never dreamed that I would ACTUALLY be going to Samoa… I had Airpoints and my family were going to Oz, so Fiji was an easy option! I wrote a journal when I went through Fiji with observations and reflections… so today I offer you my first installment. Transcribed from hand-written notes.
OK, so I am sitting at a familiar airport, surrounded by unfamiliar faces… I assume that the bulk of them are heading to the plethora of resorts dotted around the Fijian Islands! I am headed for 4 different backpackers hostels in 3 different towns around Viti Levu, knowing full well that my entire cost of accommodation will equal about what they are going to pay for a night… if noone else does, I like my style!
The people around me are a mix of: families, people that look like Fijian locals heading home, and a bunch of backpackery types ready for Alcohol, Sun and Raves (oh joy of joys). Dad flew to Fiji in an era when Flying was a huge luxury… He was heading there to work for the Bank of New Zealand as a bank-clerk. I don’t think that a bank clerk would really be the type of person that had the means to travel anywhere on their own volition, so these trips to the Islands must have been super-exciting and quite an honour… I used Airpoints.
My flight is about to board… there is the usual RUSH to get to everyone’s pre-allocated seating… I have flown enough in the last 5 years to know that the mad trample never gets the plane off the ground any faster! My family however, will swear that I ALWAYS had to be first when travelling anywhere… Merv looked most dis-heartened the first time he picked me up from the Picton Ferry and I WASN’T the first out!!! My memory is a little “cloudy” on the issue!
Aboard flight FJ 410
The flight has been lovely… A delightful family sits around me… just the right recipe for the “missing-the-family-already” blues to kick in. The wee girl next to me has HUGE big blue eyes like Emily… CUTE! I have had fun telling her stories… Downside of the flight however has been the terrible video quality on the little telly and that I only got 3/4 of the way through Star Trek which I was enjoying! DOH! The food was ok though… which is the only reason we ever fly isn’t it???