We started our day nice and early with breakfast at 7am after packing up our bags. After a quick breakfast Michelle, Chris and Rob (our two new polish friends from the night before headed off for a hike to the top of some rock formations on the island. This was a great hike! Up to the top was about 40minutes of pretty strenuous climb, we were all a bit tired and very hot once we reached the top. It was a muddy climb, a bit slippery and very steep at times but we had a wonderful time and the view from the top was so worth it! Our whole journey took around 2hours and was a fantastic way to start our day.
We came back down and cleaned off our shoes and legs from the mud and finished up or last bit of packing. Michelle and I spent some time relaxing in hammocks before it was time to head to our next island. The boat ride to Koravou from Waya Lalali was just over and hour. We spent some of it inside the cabin part of the ship soaking up some air-conditioning because we were still warm from our hike and then ventured off to the front of the ship to see the views and enjoy some sunshine.
We arrived in Koravou just in time for lunch on the deck and it tasted GREAT! After lunch Michelle and I had a rather lazy day laying in the sun by the pool. Yes they do have a pool but I have yet to see anyone use it due to the Very Very green color of the water!
When we got hot we opted for the ocean a much more appealing blue color!
Our afternoon was very chill with afternoon tea at around 3pm and then we just spent some time chatting and reading on the deck as we waited for dinner. The sunset as we waited was BEAUTIFUL! I am glad we were sitting on the deck so we could enjoy the gorgeous colors of the sunset.
After dinner was served we sat on the deck and once again enjoyed the sounds of the ocean while playing some cards and I finally beat Michelle in cribbage TWICE! The atmosphere around here is very quite tonight because it is Sunday and there is only around maybe 20guest total at the moment so our night wasn’t crazy eventful but enjoyable. We are back in our room sort of early tonight but it seems so late because all of the lights are out not working, apparently they blew a generator or something so only the main dining hall has power so it is a good thing we packed torches (aussie for flashlight – Thanks for bringing me one Dad always taking care of me). I am sure our night will be early with the no light situation. Tomorrow will mark our half way point and I ask for prayers for safety good weather and positive attitudes even when things done turn out quite right. Also for patients with the so called “Fiji time” (basically they get to do whatever they want on their time and as Americans and college students when you say something is going to happen we expect that it will happen at that time, here in “Fiji time” not so much the case and it has been taking some getting used too. Other than that not much to report all is well on the island!
- * Update from the sunshine coast** Today started the Good byes, Sam (Michelle's roommate) left today for home. it was so sad to see her go, we got up and had tea this morning and spent some time together before her final exam and then again afterwards before she left. It seemed to mark the beginning of the end. Michelle is going down to Melbourne and maybe back to Tasmania where Sam is from after i leave in the beginning of July so they took the good bye rather well. I was rather sad tho knowing i probably wont get to see Sam for over a year until she comes to the US to see Michelle. I am getting prepared to say good bye to this beautiful place and head home, it is nice that it is starting slow for now, i can ease my way into good byes. after saying goodbye to Sam we headed to the beach for a nice day in the sun although it was much colder and windier then what we are used to! It was my last day packing a surf board for the beach and enjoying the oceans waves as i had to put my board up for sale considering Grand Rapids is unfortunately not a Huge surfing town. I am sad to see it go but it is just one more thing marking the end one season of my life and the beginning of another. Tomorrow my friend Clair from New Zealand will be here on the sunshine coast so it will be wonderful to see her again! I can't wait. Have a wonderful day!