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Emily’s Blog

I am a nineteen year old from England taking a gap year to explore the world. Having already spent two months in Australia discovering snorkelling, surfing and spending almost every day on the beach, I am now staying in Fiji for a month with a Fijian family. Whilst I am here I will be volunteering at Mai Life magazine and hopefully seeing as much of Fiji as possible in the short time that I have before I move on to New Zealand, Los Angeles, and then finally go home. Living in my home town of Eastbourne are my parents, my seventeen year old sister, and my dog Alfie, who everyone knows is the one I’m missing the most. In September I’ll be studying Sociology at the University of Southampton, after which I hope to take a course in journalism.

Final days in Fiji

My time in Fiji is drawing to a close and it’s been four unforgettable weeks. I’ve had to opportunity to see so much more of the country than I’d ever expected, from Suva and Nadi, to Vanua Levu and the Yasawas. I’ll be incredibly sad to leave behind the other volunteers I’ve met as well as the lovely family I’ve ... Read More »

THE YASAWAS

After getting the boat back from Beqa, I catch the bus to Nadi with Clementine and Zoë, two of the other volunteers. We are staying at a hostel called Smugglers Cove before being picked up early the next morning to catch the boat to the Yasawas, a chain of seemingly idyllic islands off of Fiji’s west coast. The boat ride ... Read More »

Beqa Island trip

This morning we have to leave early to get the boat to Beqa island, to visit the diving volunteers who stay there. We catch the 8am bus which takes us to Pacific Harbour, seek where a small fibreglass boat is waiting for us. Our bags are piled in and covered with tarpaulin, and we sit on the boat’s floor. As ... Read More »

1st April 2015

Today is my last day in Suva before I leave for a week’s adventure in Beqa and the Yasawas. When I pack I manage to cram everything into one tiny bag, figuring I won’t need much more than a bikini, nurse a few tops and a pair of shorts. Tonight Mum cooks me some of my favourite foods that I’ve ... Read More »

30th March 2015

It’s back to work this morning and time to write up my trip to Vanua Levu. I pop out to the coffee shop at lunch time to get a vanilla latte, which immediately floods my mind with memories of Australia as that was where I got hooked on coffee. An uneventful day leads to an equally uneventful night, order but ... Read More »

29th March 2015

Today I visit the Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour with the other volunteers. We catch the bus which is not what I expected at all, it’s modern and air-conditioned with comfortable seats. After an hour long journey we are dropped on a long section of road next to a large sign proclaiming ‘Uprising’. It’s the only thing to be seen ... Read More »

20th March 2015

Breakfast this morning is pancakes, Fijian style. They’re delicious, sweet, crunchy on the outside then soft and chewy on the inside, and I eat as many as I can manage. This morning at work there is a surprise in store for me. The publisher sits down next to me with a smile and tells me that on Monday I am ... Read More »

17th March 2015- Day 3

Once again I struggle to wake, but I force my eyes open knowing that I have to be at work at 8.30am and unsure if it’s considered rude to lounge in bed too long in a Fijian family, as judging by the noise I seem to be the last one to rise. I grab a quick shower and Mum calls ... Read More »

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