On Monday morning, I met up with Sarah and Cindy (the other two SFU girls) and we made our way from the Coral Coast to Suva. We took a taxi from where they dropped us off and they brought us right to where we are staying on campus.
The first two days we spent touring the city and campus, meeting other international students and getting to know each other. The second day we were there was Cindy’s birthday, so we threw her a surprise jungle-themed party. We also spent a lot of time stocking up on things we needed (food, pans, etc) with our new roomies.
International Orientation was the Wednesday to Friday; that was when we met the other international students. Apparently there is over 17 countries showing. The three other international students on my floor are from the US and China. At the first day of orientation I met two other students who also climb! One of them actually brought his shoes and chalk over like me, so that was really neat. We’re hoping to get some climbing exploration done.. more info in a future blog post (spoiler: I actually already did some climby type stuff!)!
The International Office helped us with our visa applications and course registrations but they also organized some fun events. One of them was a welcome dinner which was basically an open bar and cupcake evening… just fill in the blanks ;-). We also went to the Fiji museum and went to the flea market to get sulus (basically 2m of fabric that you wear as a skirt).
One night all the International students went to “the” club/bar in the city that all the students go to called O’Reilly’s. That was a lot of fun.