Hello 2 you my English friends! You are in for a good treat 2day in this weeks addition of 'my news'!
First a MASSIVE HELLO to baby Loui, and CONGRATULATIONS to Aileen and Mick.
Let me start from where we left off, we left 'celeb love island' resort and headed to Volivoli beach where we would stay for the next 10 days. The journay there took us 4 and a 1/2 hours on the local bus. The bus had no windows, just a frame and some wheels. We sat on different seats because our bags took up a full space each, big mistake! As the bus was filling up the locals were expecting to sit down. Almost straight away haylz had a large indian woman sit down and spread her legs before haylz even had chance to move, haylz somehow managed to trap her leg between the rubber seat and her bag, which she could no longer move because it was wedged between her seat and the seat in front. With the indian woman showing no signs of moving i was in stitches as i still had no one next to me. Then only to my disbelief the bus was pulling over to pick a load more people up. You guessed it, i got TWO large girls budging me up so they could sit down, as i couldn't move my bag I had to sit one leg on top of the other, with a twisted back, half dangling out of the window. Now haylz was wetting herself. An experince we will never forget.
Volivoli beach was great, as we were there for 10 days we really got to know the locals! We sat and drank Kava with them on most nights. Their main man was called Papu, this guy was an absolute character. We also got to know his friends and they took me to play rugby with them. Luckily it was touch rugby however in the boiling heat, in bare foot, 4 against 3 with lads who play everyday is not one for the faint hearted. I was absolutly 'knackered' to say it nicely. We also did our first proper dives since qualifing. this was great. The first was a site called dream maker, one of the best sites in fiji, it was a mass of hard and soft coral all around you, we swam through coral caves and passages at a depth of 20m for 40 minutes. It was amazing. Our second dive was totally different, the water was very murky, and visability was about 3 metres, then out of the knowwhere we were next to a 36m long ship wreck. We swam around the big chimneys and the deck of the ship for abit before actually going inside the ship through the cabins then out a window on the front of the ship. It was well Good!
The rest of the time at volivoli was sunbathing, snokelling, hanging around in hammocks and drinking more Kava.
Untill 4 days before we were due 2 leave fiji, (this is when the real gosip begins), haylz starts to develop a rash on her chest which we just thought was p****ly heat. However over night it developed all over her chest, stomach, back, neck, and head and her face was very swollen. One of the girls at the hostel organised for us to go to the doctor, when we got their, the doctor had had a blood transfusion the day before and so wasnt their, our only other option was to go to hospital. Jesus 'H' Christ I have never seen anything like it, I cant even begin to describe the state of it, it was like a 3rd world country hospital. The doctor didnt no wot it was, but gave her some pills and 2 nasty injections in her side to take the swelling down (dont worry tho, we took our own sterile injection kit with us but we didnt need it because we made sure that the needles were new and sterile). The next day, she was even worse, wot ever the doctor had gave her had done naff all. It was now friday, and were due to leave on saturday, Gail the owner of Volivoli gave us her private doctors address and told us to go their saying she had sent us, however this was back in Nadi, the horrible 4 and a 1/2 hour bus journey away. Luckily this time we got on a bus that took us straight there so it only took 3 hours. The doctor saw haylz straight away, took the pills of her that the other doctor had given her and gave her some different ones, told her she couldn't fly untill at least wednesday, saying it could be rubella. As you could imagine we were pretty panicy at this time. I had to cancell our flight and re-book it for a week later, which they said was the next nearset available slot, this ment i had to move our booking forward for the campervan, however because its summer in new zealand they could only move it forward a day, the rest of the days we would miss we would have to pay for. That would have ment paying for 4 days for nothing which made us even more pee'd off. Friday night we stayed a hostel in Nardi coz we had a free nights accommadation to use, again the rash and pain haylz was in had got worse. Bentley had recommended a lady to stay with before we came away, we had already stayed with her in our first week, so i rang her and she said to go and stay with them. As soon as she so haylz she said she had a form of dertmotitus, took us to the chemists, should us the cream she needed, took us back, gave us a double room told haylz to stay under the fan and out of the sun, and brought our teas to the room. We couldn't of asked for anything more. The next 2 days the rash had really started to disappear, she told us to go back to the doctor to get her cleared to fly, which we did, and she did, then Mama as she is known, rang Quantus and booked us on the nxt flight to New Zealand which was Tuesday not bloody saturday telling them we had to leave the country ASAP because the British Embasy had called her telling her to tell all British Citizens to leave the country, this isnt a lie. After seeing 2 useless doctors, it took a very pleasant old lady to cure her.
This leads me on to the Millitary Coup which is taking place in Fiji. The very first week we landed we heard about it but it wasnt anything serious at that time and we guessed that there was no news of it in England because we hadn't received any worrying emails. As time went on we knew is was getting serious but it was in Suva the other side of the island to where we were. Then on the sunday the millitary had taken over the, Prime minister had gone into hiding. By Monday the millitary had set up road blocks in Suva and had taken over Presidency and taken all the weapons from the police, Mama really did get a call on Monday night, then on Tuesday as we were leaving the millitary were all over the Island. We left just in time I think.
We are now in Auckland, we saw most of it yesterday and now just waiting to pick the campervan up so we can set off on our whole new adventure.