It has been so long as i no longer see new and wacky things each week due to being fully settled in as a fijian now but very sad to write I only have 6 weeks left in fiji and 4 weeks left at school.
Since i last wrote, i have been to Lautoka (just past Nadi, on the other side of the island) to watch a a basketball tournment which was a bit of fun, very hot and a long bus ride back. We have a past volunteer from Scotland, Fiona come back and stay with us in the hostel, she has been heaps of fun (a few very memorable nights out) and a great help at school. We have farwelled another volunteerfrom the project just out of suva, which of course required a good night out which was also joint with a a good catch up with the other aussie girl, meg, who lives on an outer island. I have also particiapted in a 8km fun run around suva, which required a stupidly early start (didn't run the whole way!)
The latest excitment has been having mum and dave in the country, they arrives 2 weekends ago (10th July) and staying in suva for 3 nights, so i was able to show them around the city (even though there isnt a whole lot to see), my school and the hostel. I was also very happy to see the pile of chocolate! Last weekend i was then treated to a luxury weekend on Denaraur. It is an island off Nadi, which is a little world of its own, it is nothing of how i know fiji, it is full of lovely flash hotels and mansion houses all with flashy cars and luxury boats on their water frontage. We were spoilt with awesome weather, about 29 degrees each day, amazing food, days spent by the beach & pool and happy hour cocktails. On the monday we went on a day cruise to a small island on an old sailing ship where we did the most amazing snorkelling , had BBQ on the beach and just enjoyed lounging on the island which was smaller than a footy oval.
On the work/school front i have also been very busy. Currently the kids at the hostel have no suitable space for them to just hang out and do their homework, so Jemma and I asked if we could transform one of the spare rooms into a play room/ study area for the kids, which was approved by Mr Hilton. We were very busy writing to companies trying to get donations which was slightly unsucessful but with persistence I have been able to get some paint and plenty of books donated and potentially some other things coming. We hope to get the room painted within the next week, then clean the the cupboards, already in the room and fill it with books, buys some chairs to put around the table and hopefully some bean bags, we will see how it all goes.
At school we have had a brand new school bus donated by AusAid which was so desperatly needed as kids werent getting to school because the bus kept breaking down. To thank the Australian Government a big fijian celebration was held, which took weeks of preperation. We practised our dance for at least an hour and a half every day for 2 weeks, i spent a whole week making costumes , painting banners, preparing food, decorating the bus ect... We even got new uniforms for the teachers to wear, which they think look great, personally it isnt something I would pick (bula shirt and frumpy skirt) but i love it because they love it so much. All the hard work was all worth it because the day was awesome, they had a giant lovo, with a whole pig and every other type of fijian food, all the children's performances were awesome and everyone had a really good day.
This week we have been preparing for pre- school week which requires us to have a stall on saturday morning so i have been printing, laminating and folding brochures and posters as well as getting other activities ready.
Got to go so moce for now but i will be home before you all know it!!!
xxxxx all my love felicia