Exactly 4 years ago, I saw the other side of the coin of Fiji
Day #45 — Day #49: Yasawa/Suva, Fiji (2014–01–02 — 2014–01–06)
As dreamy was the situation, it was equally realistic at Suva, the capital of Fiji. As authentic, alternative tourists that we are, we decide to see not only the shiny and colourful version of Fiji but also the real situation of the unknown capital.
After 4 hours on the bus we finally arrived at Suva. Chaos itself. People everywhere, buses without the side windows instead of air condition, suffocating heat, noise and a huge market where you could buy and sell everything: from live crabs to exotic fruits and tobacco. A colourful puzzle of hues, sounds, images and heat!
We saw parks, churches, ports, markets, bought our souvenirs, got stranded in the middle of nowhere when the fridge of our bus started fuming like crazy and we had to run out of the bus in fear of an explosion, walked the two of us next to a wild jungle waving the locals, got picked up again from the previous bus which had been fixed by its driver who when saw us told us “Don’t lose your faith my friend” and we finally arrived at our hostel which was placed next to a stunning lake with huge completely green trees. It was a wonderful experience seeing how people actually live at a dreamy-like advertised place of the world and letting yourself loose at its chaotic rhythms.
But there were special moments as well at our time at Fiji. We met an English girl called Charlotte who has been travelling and working around the world for the last 5 years. We talked a lot with her about her way of living, her choices, the good and the bad of them. She made us think a lot. How would we like to live? Which lifestyle do we prefer? Which are the priorities of each one of us? Alke wants to live around the world, 6 months here, 1 year there, doing various jobs of any kind. This is in contradiction with me who I want something more fixed, with more settled down, with a plan that is organized. Kinda different approaches…
But let’s not whine, Fiji was amazingly beautiful. Or to be correct had to amazingly beautiful faces. One straight from the top 10 of amazing beaches and tropical islands and another more original, colourful, loud, intense with wild beauty. What a variety!