Kookaburra is a bit homesick !!!
What a first day here in Fiji, we've had it all : blazing sunshine, clouds, a tropical storm, smiles ....and warnings from the police as they handcuffed and dragged away someone we thought ( and who possibly was ) was only trying to help !!!!! ' Strewth bruce it's al going off like a frog in a sock ' ........as we might have said a couple of days ago in oz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First things first though, we landed safe after a very uneventual flight ( no nice stewardesses this time trying to get us 'tight ' ) and passed through customs with our 'provisions ' of a handbag of vino and a litre of our Russian friend Smirnoff, aparently booze in the islands is frightening expensive and so like all good boy and girl scouts we have come prepared !!!POOP POOP.
free booze HONK HONK
From the airport we headed out to our Motel where they had kindly told us they would pay for our cab, droppped off our bags and just managed to grab a little local food ( chicken and chips !!! ) before the shops closed for the night. Back at the motel we had a couple of quick drinks and met the other guests staying there, all of whom turn out to be Japanese and taking English lessons here as the Figians have a much easier accent to understand than Ozzies, Americans or English....BEzarre!!!!!!! Very soon though the Sand man dances past and scatters his magic dust and before you can say th......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Early next day we are up and heading out to the main town, we've got to arrange our passes around the island.
We jump on the local bus and get ' bularred ' by afew people and smiled at by pretty much everyone, it's great everyone is so smiley and nice. Into town and we're waylaid by a tourist info lady who reckons she can sel us the passes and accomo cheaper than the people whose pases they are, it all sounds to good to be true and so we listen and then make our excuses and leave...........call us suspicious but her 'deals ' didn't ring true, maybe we missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime but I doubt it. As we leave her office a guy who overhears us discussing her deal tells us she's basically lieing and that the best thing we can do is get ourselves to the port and speak to the company themselves, he then starts to show us the way to the bus station, when out of nowhere a policeman shouts at us and runs over and starts pushing the dude who was helping us, then another policemanb arives and starts kicking him and screaming at him about ripping off tourists, they drag him into an alley and slam on the cuffs, still shouting and pushing him around, then another policeman takes us to the bus station and tels us the guy is a wrll known crim who is always ripping people off.
hiding out at the harbour
..maybe he was about to rob us but he seamed alright!!!! Who knows we've only been here a few hours, we don't even really know where we are!!!!! At the B.S. we're waiting for the bus and another dude comes up to us on his phone and he's like ' Are you the guys who wanted the tickets, and were with the guy who just got arrested ??? ' ....well that was it we're out of there and into a cab, bolocks to public transport today, it's all far to much!!!!!
Anyway to cut this already far to long story short we booked our Bula passes at the harbour, had a nice walk round a couple of diet cokes then booked another three days on another island when we get back from the Yasamas in 14 days, so we're all sorted for the next three weeks, hopefuly without any more incidents with the local cops.
the sun comes down on another day
..Fair Dincum sport it wasn't like this back in Oz.....oh and due to all the stress we bought ourselves a bottle of rum to take with us on our trip too PARP PARP HONK HONK WE"RE OFF TO THE ISLANDS YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!