The city is much bigger than it looked from the air. It was large, bustling, crowded… Yet still had its moments of beauty.
I without a doubt consider this one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. It was surreal being able to snorkel in the great barrier reef next to two sea turtles, two sting rays and ccountless beautiful fish. We also visited a remote island, which was a bird sanctuary. The water was so bright blue and crystal clear that it seemed unreal. This had to be my favorite thing I did within my five months abroad.
In Fiji we went on an excursion to yanuca island and spent the day trekking and snorkeling. The reef was amazing there, especially the coral and fish! I swam down and got a giant clam to close. The trek was harder than they made it out to be, considering it was raining and the whole way up was a steep muddy path. We also had to make our way up and down climbing with ropes at points. Afterwards we enjoyed lovo, a traditional barbeque feast and a kava ceremony, their traditional gathering drink (it tasted like dirty socks!) We played a game of watermelon smashing, similar to pinata, where you’re blind folded and have to try and step your way to the watermelon and smash it. Needless to say, it’s much harder than you expect. I veered right. An amazing day though!
For a day I became a hobbit! Got to walk around the set and stand in a hobbit house. Also, I had a cider in the green dragon inn! It was amazing to see the size variation in hobbit holes to create deception in size for the movies. It was actually much larger than I expected. Fun fact- while being filmed, it was illegal for any plans to fly overheard and a man list his pilot license from doing so. There is also a tree overtop one of the houses, very fake and made of 40,000+ fake leaves, and I got to keep three of them!!