One of our favorite things about Fiji is the abundance of fresh tropical fruit and vegetables available. - Here we have eggplant, capsicum (peppers), limes,cucumber and wax apples (thank you Google). We aren't actually sure what the wax apples are called here because we found them at the market once and then never again! They taste like a mix between unripened pear, guava and cucumber! 🍆🌶🥒🍋🍎
🍂🍁Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁 🍂 - This is probably about as Thanksgivingy as we are going to get overhere! Since we aren't from the US, growing up, Thanksgiving, in the traditional sense, was never a huge thing for us, unless we were invited to someone's home. Instead it was welcome days off, a chance to celebrate birthdays that fall around this time, and an opportunity to be thankful - which we can always use more of! - Have a wonderful day however you are celebrating and be thankful!
Normally when you fly into a new place, that birds eye view you get helps you to gain some perspective of the layout of the city below. We arrived in Suva late at night so missed out on that. We went out first thing the next morning to try and get the lay of the land. This building will always be my first glimpse of Suva and honestly it's not really what I was expecting to see. We haven't explored it yet (Google says it's a post office) but it's on our adventure list!
Dad's home! We've been so lucky that in the three weeks we've been here, there's been one public holiday each week! We've celebrated Diwali, Election day and today, the prophet Mohammed's birthday. But that's it. It's back to work and no more until Christmas! 🎄
For the last 4 years, this has been our island home! Magnetic Island! We love it there so much! In between sailing adventures, we always managed to make our way back there. 🏝 This is about the time we would've started heading back north from the Whitsundays to Maggie but instead Batty is heading south to get out of cyclone territory 🌪 and we are in Fiji!
We are having so much fun exploring Suva. ✨ I'm still figuring out the best way to do it with a baby and toddler in tow. 👶👧 🚕Taxis are plentiful and cheap but not super child safety friendly. 🚶♀️The sidewalks of Suva are not super stroller friendly - they just end, not always ramps to cross the road, traffic is insane sometimes and lots of hills. 🚎I haven't been game enough to try the bus yet but it is always an option. 🐨Our first day out, I tried wearing both girls, letting I. Walk as she pleased. This was great but this Mama was exhausted at the end of the day. 🐴What we currently do is I am a packmule. I wear the baby and carry our bags (which inevitably accumulate, especially when we go to the market - do we really need 4 hands of bananas? Yes!) and carry I. when she wants and hope it doesn't rain because I don't have a spare hand for an umbrella! ✨ Its a work in progress!
This sign was at the playground. A few takeaways: 1) yep! We have a new Concern! Thankfully we are living on a hill so don't have to worry about it most of the time. 2) while English is widely spoken, it is one of three(!) main languages used here. Fijian and Hindi are the other two! ✨I've got to got to get studying!✨
Today we had the opportunity to watch the @oceaniarugby 7s series. We couldn't stay all day - naptime called!- but saw enough to know that @fijirugbyunion and @nzrugbyofficial men's teams earned their places in the final! 🏉 Sidenote: That's the New Caledonian Women's team sitting in front of us!
Tonight is the last night of Diwali. No more fireworks! 😢 We were in town today and all of the women were wearing their amazingly colored saris. I didn't get a photo of them but did manage to get one of this beautiful rangoli. The rice is dyed and arranged in these intricate patterns. I had an extremely firm grip on my two year old while we were nearby!