Monday, 17th March, 2008
Greetings from Fiji. We arrived here in the dark last night and we didn't get a chance to see the resort until this morning. We're staying in a sort of wooden cabin with - thank goodness - terrific air conditioning, and all mod. cons. The hotel itself is a huge complex of cabins, spa facilities, shops, restaurants etc. and it is on a man-made island called Deserau. There is a Sheraton here as well with similar facilities. There are all sorts of pools here and the beach is out of this world - a lagoon really as there is a breakwater across, and all the lovely sand. All quite amazing, and the people here are quite delightful, so friendly and helpful. At breakfast this morning, a group of waiters and waitresses just started singing - mainly to two European children who were a bit fractious - but it was so lovely.
When we were strolling back from our room last night, we came across two people that we had been on the New Zealand trip with - two people from Liverpool, now living in Wallasey, and great characters. They'd already been here two days and are leaving for LA tonight, a day ahead of us. It was nice to catch up with them.
Now for the bad news - this place is so hot and humid! As bad if not worse than Singapore. When I came out of our room this morning, my glasses steamed up with the humidity. It had rained in the night and everything seems to be steaming! I hate to say it as this place is so beautiful, but I'm glad we're only here for two days - I think I'd melt if we stayed any longer. A good walk down Llandudno prom in November is more my style!
So, farewell from Fiji. I won't be blogging tomorrow but may from the hotel in LA on Wednesday.
Christine and Richard