I know, that’s a bit rude isn’t it, but I can’t wait! Not just for the breathtaking beauty of the place but to meet some of new families that we support in Fiji and capture some of their stories.

Where we’ll be in RakiRaki is off the beaten track. If you’ve been to Fiji, think of Nadi and then imagine driving 2.5 hours north. It’s beautiful but not beachy or touristy and the one small resorts that’s sort of near there is mainly for divers or people who are happy to just lie by a pool in thick, humid heat for a week, and don’t need to do much else.

This is the only pic I can find of RakiRaki town, I’ll make sure we take more next week. Apart from the market, this is about it, with a few more shops. The main high schools aren’t far from here and you’ll also find Fijian villages and Indo-Fijian settlements scattered about the place. Many of the girls we support live at least half an hour from here.

The one lovely girl I can’t wait to meet is Pritika whose story I shared a few weeks back. She left school at 14 because her glasses had broken and she didn’t have any shoes. She was working as a house girl but her Principal knew that we would support her if he could convince her mother to bring her back to school, which he did.

We all share the same dreams for our kids, it’s just that sometimes desperation gets in the way of Plan A.

Warmly,

Jane

PS. I remember when we lived in Fiji, seeing a sign advertising “Fresh, Live Chickens”. I’m going to be on the look out for some more Fiji ‘isms’ and no doubt will some more moments in surreal travel to share with you!

Do you have any surreal moments in travel to share??

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