Day 57–Tues., Nov. 22, 2011–Suva, Fiji, Part 1

     Today is the first our two Tuesday, November 22nds.  We will cross the International Date Line tomorrow.  On Fiji’s Taveuni Island, you can straddle the International Date Line.  The people of Fiji know their nation as ‘Viti’ – Fiji is a (presumably Tongan) mispronunciation.  Bula!  Fijians are known for their traditional greeting as much as for their fine lapita pottery.  People of East Indian descent outnumber native Fijians b a slim margin in contemporary society, but almost all of the land is still controlled by ancestral Fijians.

 Suva, Fiji Suva, Fiji

     We had a band entertain us at dockside and they continued to play when it started to rain.  We went ashore and headed for the tan building on the far right, the Curio & Handicraft Market.  Almost everyone there sells the same things.  We had a bit of luck.

Suva Port

We then walked a bit around the town and did some more shopping.  This is where you can find quilled cards made by deaf students for about $5. US.

Suva, Fiji Suva, Fiji Quilled cards

     Lunch on the ship and then I worked on blogs and got on the Internet.  The maps that the ship gives you are by Lodestar Maps and they are just horrible.  You really have to ask for a local map when you get off the ship.  When we sailed at 5 pm it was 79º F.

     The entertainment was an encore performance of “Dancin’ Fool”.  It was a good show but we did not go.

“After the verb ‘to Love,’ ‘to Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.”  ~  Bertha von Suttner

DAY 58 – TUES., NOV. 22, 2011 (PART 2) – AT SEA

     This is our second Tuesday to make up for the date line.  The US east coast is now ahead of us instead of behind.  There were lots of activities on board, but we took it easy.  There was another day of the Wii Olympics and other sports.  We made another card in crafts.  I went to the shops to meet with Jane Gordon to learn how to string my pearls that we bought in the shop last night.  I didn’t get them finished so I worked on them in the cabin after dinner.  The show tonight was the Amsterdam Orchestra.

     We got a blurb about TV Satellite at sea and how we will probably lose it.  I hope I can get online.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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