kat is here!

Katrina got here on Tuesday and we’ve been go-go-go-ing so I’ve been quite busy! This past weekend we went to the Beachouse (a backpacker style resort along the Coral Coast) and did some snorkelling/birthday celebrating/swimming/Euchre-playing. It was a lot of fun! Anyway, I know that Kat will be blogging about her whole trip, and I really should be concentrating more on my school work than blogging, so I’ll let her do the story telling. Here is her blog link: www.gratedexpectations.com

Some random musings I would like to share:

– Is there a point where you stop tanning? It seems like every day I find a new tan line on my body. This weekend was quite bad – I have now upped my tan line count to 102! And I wore sunscreen! I don’t get it.

– I have finished my first paper! Woop.

– On Wednesday I went up to a fish store and got mahi mahi and tuna. Kat told me that the price of the fish is really good and I basically should eat it as much as possible. (mahi mahi is about $24 FJD/kg and sashimi-grade tuna is about $29 FJD/kg) When I was there, I asked the fish man about getting lobsters and he said this “Oh yes, we can get you lobsters, but you have to order ahead. Just come and let us know how many you want.. and then I call the lobster man and you know… give us 1.. or 2.. or 3… days… and then we will have your lobster! …maybe” I would like to do this. Katelin and I will have to get a bigger pot though. LOBSTER NIGHT!!!

– I have been doing a lot of cooking this semester. The other day I counted up how many Budget Bytes┬árecipes I have made in the past year ish, and it is something like 42! All recipes were awesome too. Anyway, highlights of this semester include beef meatballs, pumpkin curry, chicken broth, chicken lime soup, peanut pasta and kokoda. Next on the list: roro, roti, and vindaloo.

– A while back, I had to leave my bag in a slightly dodgy area and my bag got rifled through. (I can’t remember if I mentioned this before…) But instead of stealing everything like they probably would somewhere else, whoever went through my bag took all of my change from my change purse (but not the $50 bill in my wallet) and 1 of 3 chocolate bars that were a gift for my friend. Things like this are frustrating and nice all at the same time.

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snorkeling at the beachhouse

The day after rafting I did some snorkeling along the Coral Coast at the Beachouse, near where I stayed last time (Mango Bay). It was close to the rafting.

My favourite thing I saw was a clownfish.. he (she?) was not very happy with us. He swam really close to us; trying to scare us away. I don’t think Nemo realized humans are way bigger than him.

Sea urchins! Both of them were about the size of a volleyball.
The feisty clownfish

And here are some of Corey’s pictures: (What kind of lighting do you think looks better? I am still playing around with the settings on my camera.)

Three-stripe damsel

This fish hangs out near the bottom
Snorkel Rose

plan for the first week

Only 13 more days until I leave for Fiji! Seems so soon! The first week looks pretty good.

I arrive on Saturday the 14th really early in the morning and am planning to spend two nights at a backpackers resort -ahem- hostel. Since almost every city or town is coastal, I think I have to call it a resort. I’ve had recommendations for three places, two along the Coral Coast near Koralevu (south side of the main island in between the airport (Nadi) and where I’m living (Suva)), but also looking into Natadola (a little more west). I am bringing my full-on snorkelling gear, so I am thinking I should choose a place where I could snorkel the first day I am there!

I will arrive in Suva on the Monday and then we have international student orientation Wednesday to Friday. And then (!!) from Friday – Sunday, all the international students go with USP on a two night trip to Levuka.

The airport is in Nadi, and I will be staying in Suva. The USP trip for international students is to Levuka. The green circles are the places I deciding between visiting. I left the scale on there so you can see the size difference to Canada!

Then school starts on the Monday! It’s been a long time since I have taken classes. I have signed up for Human Resource Management, Marketing, Accounting II and Physical Geology. That will change if there are any conflicts.

I will be meeting up with the other two SFU students, Sarah and Cindy, at USP!