News Alert: If you happen to live on the East Coast you should know that Fiji is really, really, really, really , really, really, really, really far away. As in FAR AWAY! In total it took us 36 hours + to get to our island paradise. What does 36 hours of travel look like you ask? (Well, even if you didn't I'm going to tell you anyway.)
It looks something like this.
Thursday 5:00 am EST
Taxi ride to airport.*
Thursday 7:05 am EST
Direct flight to LAX.*
Thursday 1:35 pm EST
Arrive in LAX for a 10 hour layover. 10 hours! The kicker was that the check in window for our flight didn't open until 3 hours before departure so one of us (ahem my husband) had to stay with the bags and surfboards until dinner time. Me (being the smart one) arranged for my sister to spring me from my airport jail and in return I treated us to lunch at The Ivy and mani/ pedis on Robertson Blvd. Hands down BEST LAYOVER EVER.
Thursday 8:30 pm EST
Checked in for flight, and discovered husband halfway alive in makeshift "camp." We then peeled him off the floor and got him some much needed nourishment from my favorite restaurant in Venice Beach despite the hurricane like storm that was engulfing the West Coast.
Friday 1:35 am EST.
Finally boarded 2nd plane.
We had commented that the plane felt like it had a hard time leaving the ground during takeoff. After we exited we realized why. My first official double decker plane ride had just been taken unbeknownst to either of us.
Friday 11:35 pm EST
Arrive in Nadi, Fiji.
80+ degrees at 5:30 am = pure elation.
Friday 1:30 pm EST.
Our luggage took off in one van while we boarded another.
Friday 2:00 pm EST
3 hour layover in a hotel in Nadi. 3 glorious hours spent eating, and lounging by the pool after which we were picked up in another van and taken to our final mode of transport... a boat.
Friday 5:30 pm EST.
We spotted our chariot approaching. Very James Bond don't you think?
Within minutes we were met by our luggage and excitedly we were off for our final destination.
Heaven, or Tavarua as it's referred to by the natives.
Was it worth all of the travel? For a view like this from your bedroom window.... Hell Yes!!!!!
It's good to be back home, but it was a lot better to be there. I'll be posting quite a bit this week about our fantastic trip and I thank you all for your well wishes. The one thing I can say was this was one of those things that turned out to be just as amazing (if not 1000 times better) than we hoped it would be.
Bula!, Bula! everyone. (That's Fijian speak for Hello Goodbye, Cheers, Welcome, etc..)
* Yes, I was WAY to tired to remember to take a "real" picture.