I am still having an awesome time and am used to the way of life as a Fijian. Settling into the hostel a little more and know all the kids names, who are all really sweet and trying to teach Jemma and I sign language which is a very slow process. I practised one sentence and then did it to Queenie (the deaf girl) and i was very proud so i just keep doing that over. We had a little party with them on Friday night which they really enjoyed but I learnt playing bobs and statues with deaf people isn't overly successful. We also had an Indian family cook dinner for the hostel on Friday night, it is an Indian tradition to cook a meal and give it to someone in need when it is someone in the families birthday, so it was a very big feast of home made curries, breads and a giant chocolate cake.
Getting used to work, and now find myself a bit busier. I have become a bit of an expert on laminating as if any laminating needs to be done (which is very often, they laminate everything!) I do it. They have got into a bit more of a structure now, so it was gardening on Tuesday afternoon which consisted of everyone just playing in the dirt and picking up the occasional weed, but the kids really enjoyed it. Wednesday was cooking day which as you can imagine got a little messy. Each child was given a ball of some sort of dough to roll flour into and make into a ball, whilst this was happening mums were making the actual cookies which we all ate (the kids thought they were eating what they had rolled)
The weather is still hot but for the last week we have had a lot a lot of rain, which does create a nice breeze but then makes it very muggy.
We had another busy weekend, we went bike riding again Saturday morning along the foreshore and then walked home from there. We then had friends come in from Vutukalulu and one girl, Izzy from Lavoni who stayed with us on Saturday night. We went out and had Chinese where we had enough food for double the amount of people there and including a drink only cost us $8Fj so approx $5Aus and it was really nice. We then went out after that and had a really good night. On Sunday we went back with the Vutukalulu vols (about 45mins on the bus) to have a swim in their natural pool, which is very beautiful. Sunday was also of course valentines day so where else would one go on valentines day but a candle light dinner at Maccas!!! They had the mood set with red table cloths, flowers, candles, the lights covered with red paper, staff dressed in red, and even table service. Having not eaten it in a while, Jemma and I enjoyed every last bite!
Well that is all from me at the moment, not many plans for this week, but we have another friend coming to visit us on the weekend so looking forward to that, we have also been invited to a big Kava session, so should be good
Miss you all heaps, lots of love Felicia xx