If you watch the TV series “Lost”, then you can picture the place that I am staying at right now. I arrived in Waya Lailai, Fiji yesterday and I expected Hugo and Jin to greet me as the boat pulled up. What an amazing place!
From the second I arrived this place reminded me of “The Island”. A beautiful beach, thick jungle and a massive grey stone peak right behind my beach hut. The beauty of this place cannot be described in words nor shown in pictures. It is so serene, so peaceful and beautiful, that you just have to come here and experience it for yourself. This is a place where you are literally forced to relax. Electricity is provided by generators for only a few hours of the day and the slow internet connection is courtesy of a satellite uplink. That is how I am writing to you right now.
There is nothing to do but relax! Did I say that already??? Those of you that know me well, know that I am not the type of person who likes to relax… AT ALL! I have to say, this place is very calming, even to someone as high strung and energetic as me. I really appreciated my two days of serenity. I guess you could call it the calm before the storm as I start trekking all over Asia and the Middle East for the next few months. The downtime is something I am not used to and there are only so many hours that you can spend in a hammock looking at the “Other Island” until you want to get up and do something. Tonight I am literally climbing a mountain to get a top down view of the islands in this chain. Hopefully it will kill the ants in my pants that I have been feeling because of all of this relaxing!
There was no smoke monster, but there were plenty of photogenic locals who were more than happy to have their picture taken. Yesterday, I was able to visit a local village and a preschool. The kids sang us a song and it reminded me of being back in Africa. The people here have just the bare necessities of life and are truly happy. Judging by their surroundings, I can see why.
Below are some pictures of the village and the charming people that I have met. Pictures of the Island will be up tomorrow and let me tell you, they are worth the wait! After being here for two days, I still feel like I am going to run into someone from the Dharma initiative…