Last year, Fiji wasn’t on our travel radar. In fact, none of us knew anything about Fiji when friends offered up an extra bedroom in their hotel (and they were unfortunately unable to make the trip with us). But with free Alaska Air mileage tickets with partners Fiji and Korean Air, and the trip overlapping Thanksgiving and my birthday, we were still game to fly across the Pacific for a week of fun and sun. We were pleasantly surprised by the crystal clear waters, friendly Fijians, and reasonably-priced resorts. Since Fiji is one of the NY Times 52 places to go in 2018, here is your head start on planning your Fijian getaway.
It is a fall of firsts, starting with a weekend in August that featured my first yoga retreat, first time sea kayaking, first time camping from a boat, first time to Friday Harbor, and the list goes on. The weekend involved 11 remarkable women, 6 kayaks, 20+ miles on the water, a hump back whale, lots of laughter, seals, bald eagles, mouthwatering local produce and delicious meals, a quaint BNB, a rainy night in a tent, being wet and cold, delighting in the sun, four Orcas, with a few sessions of yoga thrown in for good measure and a delightful massage to recover from it all. My only regret, the fact this was my first time to the San Juans since high school!
I am nearing the final stretch. In real time, I’ve made it to Rome from South America, spent a week in Morocco, headed to London to find my parents, back to Rome to get on a cruise with the family, spent three days in Israel and a day in Santorini, and today I am in Kusadasi, Turkey. In exactly a week I will be done and back to real life.
So how well did I do on my goals, and what do I have left to do in my final few days?
A brief post. We’re still alive, but Internet in the Galapagos is lacking (and no cell service). It has been great to be truly disconnected. After a week on land and diving from Santa Cruz and Isabela, we board the Nemo II tomorrow for a week on a boat. Everything here is surreal, the animals, the land, the water. A few quick pics from my phone, real (amazing) pics to come from La Paz in 10 days. Read more
In the next few days I will start the one-month countdown to my sabbatical. I want to make sure I do some writing and take some photos on the trip, so I am using this blog as a mechanism to make sure that happens. Using a domain name I bought years ago, and wordpress. I am not fancy like http://www.steveleavestug.com.
Next up: Why!