Earlier today I decided to take a break from my work for a couple of hours so I called my favourite taxi driver. I wanted to explore Suva and take some photos. First stop was to the local shop where we buy our eggs. One tray of eggs: 12 Fijian dollars, which is cheaper than the market but still expensive for the average Fijian.
Next stop was to find a place to take photos of the amazing view of Suva, the ocean and the mountains. We found a small road, which turned out to be full of big fancy houses with a “million” dollar view. Not allowed to stop there. After a while we found the perfect place, and I got so excited I nearly fell off the cliff.
Schoolgirls hiding from grown ups, playing with their mobiles and gossiping about boys. Teenagers, they are exactly the same regardless of where they are in the world. Time to buy a couple of bananas, and another fantastic view of Suva.
– I want to take some photos of the cemetery. Do you think people will be upset, I asked Epeli. No, why would they be upset – they are dead. I couldn’t help but laughing because this is such a typical Fijian answer. But then I thought: would I be upset if people from Fiji took photos of my father’s headstone? No, I wouldn’t but I am not too sure about my mother’s reaction.
I don’t know why, but I love boats in all sizes and shapes. Today I got lucky. The “once a month” boat from the Lau group arrived today with coconuts, jams and dalo (root crops). First I thought it was an auction but the sacks with goodies are sent to relatives who live in Suva once a month.
So many countries fish off the coast of Fiji. Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and America are some of the countries that are allowed to fish in Fiji’s waters. The other day EU asked the Fijian government if they could do the same. Is there really enough fish for all these countries, including Fiji? I don’t know, but I hope so otherwise it will be hard for the Fijian people. //Marianne