I can't believe it is June 18th already, it feels like our entire cruising
season is slowly slipping away from us. It has been 5 weeks since we
arrived in Fiji and we have yet to go anywhere except from Suva to Lautoka
where we have been for the last 14 days. It seems the parts required to
repair our transmission are still not in Fiji though we are told they are
expected today, or tomorrow I guess. Anyway, there is not much we can do
about it and that is the part that drives us nuts.
Yesterday I went into Lautoka to shop a bit. The market (public produce
market) was much nicer then the one in Suva I thought. It was larger and
more airy and it looked cleaner, though if this is true it is only by a
small amount. The vegetables were wonderful and so inexpensive it feels
like stealing every time I buy something! Some things however are not so
cheap and are staggeringly expensive. These items are always hard to find
of course and include scallions (green onions) and green peppers, the
first being indispensable in the preparation of almost anything Chinese,
which we eat at least twice a week, and the second being my favorite
vegetable on the planet excepting perhaps onions and garlic which hardly
seem worth mentioning they being such basic ingredients in almost any dish
from almost any country. Where a bundle of eggplant weighing two pounds or
so might cost one dollar, 3 green peppers might cost five dollars.
I also visited a local hardware store to pick up a garden hose adapter.
The Fijian garden hose taps have a smaller opening then the standard
American/European hose fitting. After that I got in a taxi and came back
to the marina and spent the rest of the day at the pool with Kate and
Jonah. Having the resort next door has been the only reason staying here
isn't a living hell as far as I am concerned.