Monday, 27 August 2012

Population of Fiji-800 000, Population of Suva-400 000, Population of Suva during Hibiscus Festival – 1 000 000 000 000 000!

On Saturday we went town to look around and do some shopping.  We talked about how busy town was today and how all the people seemed to be walking in the opposite direction.  We ignored it and carried on.  As we headed to McDonalds for lunch we wondered why everyone was lining up on the side of the street – like they were waiting for something.  There were police out directing traffic and foot traffic.  Then we saw why.  Today was the end of the Hibiscus Festival that has been running all week.  Today they had a big parade down the middle of town.  What an awesome parade it was.  While at McD’s a friend rang and wanted to meet up and take us for a drive around Suva.  We arranged to meet at a park opposite the festival grounds (what a mistake).  As we got nearer we got stuck in traffic – foot traffic.  We couldn’t move forward or back or anywhere.  The kids did so well to be tired from walking, stinking hot and stuck in a large crowd!  We snuck into the Hotel by where we were stuck and waited for the crowd to subside.  Eventually we made it out and got to meet up with Tahu.
Tahu is a friend of my cousins who lives in Fiji.  He picked us up and took us for a drive around Suva – it didn’t take long.  We found a lovely peaceful place where we intend to return when we have more time.  You can go for bushwalks, have a nice lunch and then swim in the pool.  Can’t wait!

On Saturday night we returned to the Holiday Inn to watch the All Blacks and have dinner.  It was great to be part of a crowd of All Black supporters - and a few quiet Aussie supporters.  A great game and great atmosphere.

On Sunday Jeremy spoke at Lami Gospel Chapel.  It was awesome.  He introduced everyone to the ‘hongi’ which was rather amusing.  The message was great – challenging us to make sure that God is what we treasure above all else in our lives.  We then had lunch at the pastors and got to try a new food – it is a big fat banana (name of which I can’t remember) but is cooked like a potato! 
We then went to the Novotel Hotel in Lami for a drink and a swim looking out over the ocean and a few islands.  We intend to return and catch a boat to Mosquito Island where we can relax on the white sand and swim at the beach.  A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Jeremy is working hard but this is a great place to relax as well! 

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