Fiji Mainland - Melbourne
02.12.2012 - 12.12.2012 30 °C
At Pacific Harbour we jumped back on the bus the next day in sheet hot rain and headed towards Suva. We had booked into a hotel which was a bit of a upgrade compared to what we were staying in as a semi treat....nothing too jazzy lets not get carried away but I needed a hair dryer and proper shower with towels. A dream in my head slowly faded when we got to the hotel which wasn't an upgrade at all and didn't even have a booking in our name! Suva was spent mostly in the rain although we went shopping, there isn't much to be said for Suva for shopping! By the end of that day we had decided that we were going to change our flights to get to Melbourne 2 days earlier as we just felt we had done all we wanted to in fiji and we were twiddling our thumbs a bit just waiting to get to Australia and get going. Executive decision made an an email to STA travel we were off two days early.
Just enough time to visit some waterfalls the next morning where we hired a taxi who ended up driving us all morning for hardly any money. The waterfalls were beautiful and pretty deserted except for some Samoans and Fijian men throwing themselves in from a rope swing over the waterfall. A group of Samoan guys celebrating their graduation invited us over for a beer and coaxed Patrick to fire himself off the rope swing as well which was followed by a great Samoan cheer to boost his ego. Satisfied with our waterfall jumping the taxi driver continued our journey. The ever chatty taxi driver ended up telling us he also owned a building company which Patrick's ears pricked up to and after much man talk we ended up taking a detour for him to show Patrick his latest site. Even in the middle of the Pacific Ocean he can't keep out of a building site!
One night back in Nadi accompanied by Colin the cockroach (not impressed) we were off to the airport to leave for Melbourne!! Full of beans and ready for civilisation we arrived at the airport to be told that our plane was still in Melbourne and wouldn't be departing until 12 hours later.....brilliant. Off to the complementary hotel with the complementary fish and chips for another night! To cut a long story short 18 hours later than we were due to arrive and 2 hours grouchy sleep.... we arrived!!
Melbourne WE ARE HERE!
We jumped in a cab to our hotel, although we were sleep deprived we still managed to get into town and activate our bank accounts, get our phones activated, sort medical care and explore the town which we patted each other on the back for. Met up with Patricks friend for dinner that night and then crashed out. Over the next few days we realised that we could rule the world and that we're make a pretty good team when there is stuff to get done. By Sunday we had found an apartment even if we did have to look around a lot to get what we want and were ready to start living. Just in need of a regular job now and we'll be set. We've seen our friends who are here in Melbourne, let off some steam and are trying to think about what comes next.
After our first cup of tea in our Melbourne house (which im naming Halgerty Heights) we managed to flood the bathroom. The washing machine is in the bathroom and for some reason wasnt plugged into the outflow pipe......result one very wet bathroom and hallway floor and a lot of mopping!
I think we might do an Aussie Blog every now and again to keep it up but for now the moving around bit of the trip is over. Back to work and life and this time in the sun!!
Lots of Love
L & P
Some general reflections after 8 weeks of travelling:
Women and men are very different!
Patrick is not a big fan of sitting on a beach
I'm not sure if I could be a hobo...long term travelling is not for me I think I like having a regular place to live and I like having my things around me no matter how much I try to deny it.
After much tutting and criticism we conclude that we are both good drivers!
Vegus is not for us
We don't really like most food in America.
Patrick wins most when we play games!
Hawaii is expensive.
Driving through America and its desolate endless roads, mountains and coastlines was incredible and breathtaking.