Rita & Ellie's Travels
Robinson Crusoe Island Saturday 19 August 2006 Got picked up from Horizon meeting some of the group en route. Michelle and Emma (Gallway, Ireland), Rachel (Canada), Lucy (Yorkshire), Paul (Southampton), Danni (London), Steve (Dublin), Brian, Kevin & Michael (nr Dublin) and Francois (Quebec, French Canadian). Our boats were welcomed by the Islanders singing and dancing, then taken to 'the' dorm! This was our first dorm experience, 40 bunk beds in one room. Not bad seen as our group took over most of it! No messing, straight to the beach claiming 'our' spot! Some went kayaking while we stayed sun bathing. Volleyball was next, winners stay on. Lex, Fijian girl, Francois, Steve, Kevin & Ellie unbeatable. (Volleyball days paying off!) Getting dragged away when the drums for happy hour sounded. A few drinks while watching the sun go down. Next up was the Kava ceremony, not really sure what we were letting ourselves in for! Kava being the traditional Fijian welcome drink. We were warned it tasted like muddy water, and yes it did! Yak! Everyone introducing themselves to shouts of 'I C U Baby!' the Robinson Crusoe slogan! Finding Big Joe's giggles highly amusing! Dinner was followed by traditional Fijian entertainment including fire dancing (took more that a few pictures!!!) Girls enjoying the well oiled, perfectly toned Fijian mens bodies! All dragged up for the Fijian Conga before dancing the night away at the Pirates 'nightclub', the stage! Emma successfully playing DJ before Kevin killing the night with Peter Andre - 'Mysterious Girl'!! The Islands electricity goes off at 12am but there's always sing a long with Jim at his midnight bonfire! Sunday 20 August 2006 Breakfast then back to 'our' spot for sunbathing, Rita claiming her hammock and not giving it up without a fight! Ellie deciding to subathe out at sea - (on the kayaks!) dodging jumping fish with big spikes! Went line fishing (out on a little boat!) in an attempt to catch lunch! Lucy, Emma and Francois caught fish but the rest were unsuccessful, all good fun though! The rest of the afternoon was taken up by sunbathing, swimming and burying Kevin in the sand (usual day at the beach really!). Claiming our free 15 minute massage, Rita's being a quick rub down and dislocating her fingers!! Straight to happy hour where we requested our own personal cocktails made by Mike. Sipping while the sun went down! Jumped aboad 2 boats (pitch black! v.scary!) for nightfishing. Sent our lines down and sat with our beers waiting for something to happen! Ellie getting increasingly bored until she caught an eel, exciting for a minute or 2 then had enough of that! Rita still trying to convince Ellie a fishing trip in New Zealand would be great fun!!