It is beautiful in Fiji! Absolutely beautiful. Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous, but today it was cloudy and still really pretty. It is so different. Being white I’m a minority here, so I get stared at whereever I go, but I’m starting to accept that. A lot of things are super duper cheap here. Got some decent dishes for 50 cents here that weren’t plastic. All the stores a super gaudy on the outside with huge advertisements, classy is not a word I would use to describe Fiji. The people are super friendly, always saying “bula” which is hello and asking our story. The buses into town are 70 cents FJD which is about 40 US cents so SUPER cheap.
Both of the past few days we have gone to the open air market. Which is gorgeous, I need to take pictures. You can get tons of fruits and vegetables (bananas, lady finger bananas, papaya, pineapple, lettuce, carrots, spices, and so much more). Just huge and amazing. the buses have music as well which is fun. Basically for the past few days we have just been hanging out, getting our bearings and starting to go shopping. We also spent a lot of time today just scrubbing the kitchen so it’s clean.
My room is fairly large. We’re provided a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow, pillow case, trash can, bucket, broom, and toilet paper. Also wifi is free I’ve found out I think just in my hall. The rest of the campus runs on data limits. We have a kitchen with a stove top, microwave, toaster, and hot water boiler that we share with 7 other girls. We also share pots, pans, knives, and most dishes with them as well. The weather is gorgeous here. Just nice and coolish right now. Jeans or shorts and a short sleeve shirt weather without any sweating.
The first day was super overwhelming and we didn’t get a lot of help from the international office. But as we learned where things were and where to shop it got a lot better. I’m getting to know everybody. The group of girls that live in the A block of 10th hall (3 floors of 8) is amazing. Bunch of internationals and regional students from canada, australia, china, US, new zealand, togo, somoan, png, and more! I love them so much. We’ve been going out shopping together and tonight we had a game night and bday party for Cindy. Just so much fun! I love it.