180º East & West

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Welcome to Paradise! The water is crystal clear, the weather is glorious, and the people must be the friendliest in the world. Everywhere you go people smile and shout out “Bula Bula,” which means “Hello Hello,” which is not something that happens often in Brentford.

And after French Polynesia, everything seems so cheap! To be honest after French Polynesia even Knightsbridge seems cheap, but here you can get a fantastic curry with drinks for less than a fiver. Which is great for the bank balance but less good for the waistline.

One of the main things to do here is go snorkelling amongst the coral. It’s soft coral in Fiji, so it’s a bit rubbery – not that we touched it – rather than the hard stone-like texture of the coral in French Polynesia. And the colours are amazing.

No filters – honest.

There are fewer fish than French Polynesia – or maybe we just can’t see them. This is a scorpion fish.

If you can’t see it, scroll down to the end for a couple of pointers.

We had a day out on Fiji’s third biggest island Taveuni, with the crew of Atreju.

That’s (L to R) Ju, Andreus, Karston & Marcus.

The International Dateline runs right through the middle of the island.

So that’s Tuesday on the left, and Monday on the right. Which is all a bit confusing when you’re trying to ring someone back home. And if you follow the line all the way round for about 12,000 miles you end up in Greenwich.

Fiji is very into its rugby, and it is amazing that such a small country has produced such world class teams, and they are very proud of that. In fact to celebrate their achievements in rugby sevens, they’ve produced some seven dollar notes.

Which is great, though it would have been more useful if they’d produced some three dollar notes as well.

And now, a couple of items from our occasional series called Why Women Live Longer Than Men.

All in all, it’s a bit nicer than Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, though the water is colder than it looks.

After all that, I think we deserve a bit of a rest.

And this edition’s arty farty prize has two entries. Lyn’s “Waterfall,”

And Ju’s “Three Little Fishes.”

And the winner is Ju. Well done Ju – you win seven dollars.

And just to give you a sneak prevue of the next edition of TheBoatBlog.com® we have just arrived in The Bay Of Islands in Vanua Balavu, which is part of the Lau Group. We’re the only boat here and it is like something out of Peter Pan.

Which just leaves us time to say Moce! (Pronounced something like More d’they) Which is Fijian for bye bye.

Ju & Lyn

Oh – and in case you couldn’t find it – this is the scorpion fish.

3 thoughts on “180º East & West”

  1. Hi Ju read all about Fiji sounds incredible – tried to comment but cannot get past this wordpress password stuff – any pointers ? copied our back end guru in to see if she can help. I sent latest Phileas and Heap brand stuff did you manage to open the file ? Will contact your friend on linked in and send him stuff too

    cheers

    Dave

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  2. Lovely blog as ever Julian and fantastic photos. I particularly appreciated the help with the scorpion fish. I could see the arrows clearly and just about make out the writing next to them too. Couldn’t see the scorpion fish at all, but I think that’s the point right? The date line thing is fascinating, though I feel I should point out that you don’t need to travel half way around the world to not know what day it is. This is a phenomenon that I often experience here in Leamington Spa. It’s the platinum jubilee celebrations here which I’m delighted to say has resulted in our prime minister being roundly booed and jeered. It’s more difficult these days to tell which royals one is supposed to like or not, but at least we can all be clear in our dislike of the PM. The Fijians love their rugby and 7s in particular and I like the idea of a $7 note. They’ve been world champions three times! Perhaps if England ever win, we could introduce a £1 note. It would go well with the return of imperial measures which seems to be a pointer to how in touch the current administration are with the modern world. Forget blockchain, we’re going for rod, perch and chain. Jo is also away on a boat this week, but a very big one sailing out of Rome. Wishing you fair winds from Victorian England, your favourite landlubber, Al

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