14.11.2012 - 16.11.2012
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So were sitting here at the airport in LA... with our celeb stalking goggles on, but no luck yet! We got an hour and half before we depart for Fiji so we're still hoping!
We're not quite sure about the internet sitch at our place we're staying in Fiji so we're gonna take this opportunity to update before we get there.
The last couple of weeks have been absolutely insane! With packing and goodbyes, it just feels like time flew! We also had an awesome going away party, tons of fun! What we can remember anyways! It was really hard to say good bye to our loved ones! They've shown us so much support and love, it was extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact we won't see them for a year or so. So to everyone back home, thank you!
LeeAnn left a week earlier to visit home so we met up in Vancouver last night to start our travels together! All the flights were smooth, we got our luggage so we were off to a pretty good start...until.. we got on the wrong shuttle and went to the wrong hotel! Partly our fault, partly the bus drivers fault..either way not an ideal thing to happen. So, instead of taking a cab or going back to the airport to get our correct shuttle we decided to walk.. with our backpacks.. through Vancouver..needless to say we got a few strange looks. We felt it was like an initiation for this whole trip, and decided if we couldn't walk five blocks with our backpacks then we should probably reconsider our backpacking plans. All we're saying, is we better be jacked after this trip.
So today we left Vancouver for Fiji, via LA. Flying into LA was unreal, the urban sprawl is absolutely insane, with grids of buildings and roads stretching for miles. Makes Saint John look tiny! We definitely had our hopes set on seeing Ryan Gosling, but we're probably going to be disappointed! Even though we just got to experience LA at the airport, it was good enough for us!
On our flight from Van and in the check out line we met some Fijian people! We thought Canadians were nice, these people were so friendly and so proud of their country it made us feel privileged to be visiting their home. They gave us some great tips on how to experience Fiji to the fullest! Can't wait to try Lovo food! Lovo is a tradition in which food is cooked underground and covered with leaves from different plants. When we get to Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu we are catching a small island hopper plane to another island called Vanua Levu! That is where we are spending the majority of our Fiji adventure. We rented a small beach house outside the town of Savusavu, a popular cruiser port due to the nature of the bay. Hopefully we can experience some traditional Fijian ceremonies, eat some delicious local food, and do some snorkeling on the beautiful soft coral reefs.
We'll try to update you on the events of our couple weeks in Fiji asap, but now we have to go get ready to board our 11 hour flight (ugh)! Hopefully the humidity doesn't knock us off our feet tomorrow when we get off the plane, but we're definitely looking forward to bathing suit weather and having a few cocktails (maintenance beers) in the sun!
Au revoir North America!
Giselle and LeeAnn xo