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Friday, July 27, 2012


So I had two lay overs during my plane ride. One was in California for five hours and the other one was in Fiji for about nine hours. California...not that exciting. Fiji was just wonderful. The moment I got off the plane I new I was going to love it because we were welcomed by these great people...

I didn't want to sit around in the airport for nine hours so I decided I wanted to do some exploring. This is the part where I am pretty sure if my parents knew what I was doing they would have been freaking out...but lucky for me and them I had no way of contacting them. I went and talked to some lady on suggestions on what I should do and she lined up this whole trip around the island for me for 150 Fijian dollars. This is about 70 bucks American money. Then she says this will be your driver. This guy gets up from a small table and he is this HUGE Fijian. I was thinking we were taking a few other people with us on this trip but I was wrong. It was just me and this huge guy twice my size in this taxi. I was slightly nervous to get in the car but then I just thought to myself...YOLO! haha It turned out being the best experience though. Walker and I became best friends pretty much. When I told him that my brother was named Walker he said, "this makes you and me brother and sister as well. We are like family!" Everyone in Fiji loved him and knew him and kept telling me "this guy really good taxi driver he is such a nice person. You really lucky." He has the best laugh in the world and everything was so funny to him. I had a hard time understanding him sometimes but I learned that if I just laughed I was giving him the response he wanted. Here is our wonderful video...I promise Mom I was very safe!

Fijian Money!
This was the only part of Fiji that I didn't love. And I hate to put this as one of  the
first photos but I cant figure out how to move it. haha Anyways Walker
dropped me off on their "main street" to do some shopping.
These people will just follow you around until you buy something
it got very creepy and I hated it. So I had the taxi people call Walker
to come and get me early. The positive thing about the experience was while I
was waiting I sat and talked to one of the store workers and ended up
giving him a Book of Mormon. He was pretty excited about it. Yay for missionary work!

Hindu temple in Fiji. Very colorful. I had to take my shoes off before I entered the temple grounds. 
I will post more pictures on facebook but these villages were so poor.
But these people took so much pride in their villages and houses.
Walker told me how there was a huge flood here in March and so many people
lost everything. He even lost so much. But he also told me that its ok because they
all just pull together to rebuild houses and help each other out because they are all like family.
He said  "we lost things we could replace...its no big deal!" Then just laughed. Haha I loved him. 

I got to see the sunrise in Fiji. So Beautiful and green!
One of the temple workers who was about to offer a prayer to a God.

Hindu Temple

Inside the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This is the most peaceful , quiet and beautiful place.
I could have stayed in there for hours. 
Garden of the Sleeping Giant! So, I guess if you fly over this Garden
the mountain looks like a man sleeping. Walker told me how he dropped out of school
and he helped build the visitor center (thats not what its called but I can't think of what
it would be) when he was 15. 

This is Walker and I on the dock. He took me to this  shopping area and  I bought him
breakfast. That smoothie I am holding was DIVINE! It was a Papaya smoothie.

Bryce this picture is for you! This is the Fijian golf course. They are holding
a world wide tournament here in a few weeks. Did I mention it was super nice and
hot in Fiji? So beautiful. 

This is on our way to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. 

I honestly got a little teary-eyed saying goodbye to Walker and he gave me a huge hug and said when you come back to Fiji I will sing to you like Kenny Rogers. haha These people were just the nicest ever and had so much love for everyone they met. Wherever you went people were waving, smiling and saying "Bula!" (hello). I loved Fiji!! :)


  1. I am so glad you did this! I told your mom that the people of FIJI are the best! What a great adventure you are having. I was in NZ at your age and I have such great memories of my year there. Enjoy every minute! You have the rest of your life to do the hard stuff!