Yeah, so I’m a little late on this.  I’ve been pretty busy trying to settle in here in Dunedin (more on that later).  So — FIJI!

Day 1 — Flew into Fiji and stayed at the Raddison Blu, a five star resort on Denauru Island.  Beautiful, as expected.  Pretty much relaxed in the pool/ocean all afternoon, followed by an evening dancing and fire show.

Day 2 — Woke up early to catch the (slightly nauseating) 3-hour ferry ride to the remote Naviti Island, where we would be staying at the Botaira Resort.  This was a pretty rustic place.  We had 28 girls in one hut, which made for a lot of body heat on top of the 85+ degree weather and high humidity.  Naturally, a lot of us slept outside.  The showers and drinking water came from rainwater, and there was NO SOAP — yuck!  Lucky I brought alcohol wipes and shampoo, or I would’ve been out of luck.  Once I got past the bare-bones accommodation, though, I have to say that our stay was quite nice.  I parked my butt in a hammock half the time, and I never knew what time it was since I brought no electronics with me — now THAT’S relaxation.

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Days 3 & 4 — SCUBA DIVING!!!!  My absolute favorite part.  We had to go to the Barefoot Lodge on another island for these trips.  I wish I could’ve taken some underwater photos, but sadly, my camera broke just before the trip.   I have never seen anything so beautiful.  There were purple and yellow angelfish, several species of clownfish, a few reef sharks, a sea turtle, and a porcupine pufferfish as long as my arm — and that’s when it was uninflated!

Days 5 & 6 — Took the ferry back to the mainland, where we stayed at a very nice hotel near the airport.  I loved where we were, but man was I ready for a real shower…  Flew home after breakfast the next day.


Arrived in Auckland!

All right, everybody!  It’s now day 3 in Auckland, and I’ve finally had time to sit down and write.   It was an exhausting flight — about 18 hours total — but I’m really excited to be here!

So far we’ve visited the little suburb of Devonport, walked through Albert Park, took a tour about Maori culture (the Maori are NZ’s indigenous population), and went to Piha Beach.  We also climbed to the top of one of Auckland’s volcanoes, Maungawhau, which used to be the site of a Maori village.  Did you know Auckland is built on top of over 53 volcanos?!  No wonder the streets here are so steep.

I’m leaving for Fiji in a little over 24 hours, so I probably won’t get to update again until next week, but expect some great stories/pictures after that!  Til then, check out a few of my pics below (more to be added soon once I get some from other people).

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The Plan

I’ve decided to create this blog to keep track of my travels. During the next 5 months, I’ll be spending the majority of my time in New Zealand, with a short trip to Fiji (and possibly Thailand and Australia).  I’ll try to update at least once a week.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be times during my journey where I will not have access to the internet (usually no longer than 4-5 days), so updates may be delayed in these circumstances.

I ship out on February 6th, so start looking for additional posts after this date!