In the first part of August, The Captain traveled stateside to renew his USCG license. I spent the predominance of that time in Denarau Marina cleaning SY Amandla and preparing for our journey to Australia with the much welcome support of the Port2Port Rally team.
I also managed to enjoy a few afternoons of shore leave.
On my first outing, I did the resort hop on the Bula Bus and decided to treat myself to lunch at one of the hotels. After ordering, it looked like I might have to change my plans as the hotel restaurant did not accept cash and I wasn’t carrying my credit card. Luckily, a lovely couple from New Zealand did accept cash and offered to charge my lunch to their room.
After we’d settled the bill, I struck up a conversation with a wonderful couple from Baltimore. I wish I’d heard more of their awesome story, they certainly have a great one to tell, but they seemed more interested in learning about life at sea. They were kind enough to let me blather on about my adventures for two hours, asking all sorts of brilliant questions. They made my month!
On my second outing, I hopped the much more reasonably priced Westbus, and headed to Nadi to feed my addiction to color. My first stop was at the marketplace. We weren’t in need of any provisions so I just consumed a delightful array of color.
After leaving the market, I headed south along Queens Road to the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. It is the largest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere and an incredibly peaceful place.
I paid a very nominal entry fee and was given a sarong and wrap to cover my shoulders and knees as modest dress was required. I walked the grounds for quite some time soaking up the magnificent colors.
Before I knew it, The Captain was back on board, this time with his wonderful cousin Mary Lou in tow. And once again, it was anchors up for the crew of Amandla.
Next stop, Likuri Island.
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