|The flat area is the local park for playing soccer or rugby|
|This is the resort we ate dinner at near Lautoka|
|Lautoka Zone lunch|
|The Chapel in Lautoka, chapel on right and classrooms on left, the Bishops offices in between|
|The large Elder in the middle is Fijian and will play football for BYU after his mission. His American companion is the third from the left.|
|This is the ward kitchen where we all prepared the lunch|
|The view outside the hotel we stayed in|
|We wore out the Elder looking for the sister's new flat|
|An original Fijian home before the British made Fiji a colony|
|Fijians sell home grown vegetables and fruit next to the streets from these structures|
|This land is being developed for homes to be built here|
Lami, Wainadoi, Lobau, Navua, The Pearl (a resort area that will let you use their stretch of beach to snorkel if you eat lunch there), Taunavo, Galoa, Korovisalou, Navutulevu, Namataukula, Navola, Komave, Korolevu, Votua, Nawavu, Vatualailai, Taqaqe, Namada, Vatukarasa, Malevu, Korotoga, Nayawa, Sigatoka, Volivoli, Yadua Semo, Yako, Korovuto just to name the ones we drove through because they are right along the road. I'm sure there are a lot more villages back in more remote areas. They all have similar four wall homes with corogated metal roofs and there's always clothes hanging out on the line. I saw a little boy about 4 take off his shorts, pull some clean ones from the line and put them on. Due to the poverty I don't think they can afford luxuries like underwear.
Another reality is a limited variety of fruits and vegetables but what they are able to grow they use and try to sell the rest at road side stands to earn a little money. The veggies are a thin tender type of egg plant, tomatoes, pumpkins (pumpkin shaped type squash that is a bit soggy when boiled) potatoes (not as flavorful as your Idaho spuds but edible) onions (smaller and stronger than our onions) green beans, carrots, a small leaf type lettuce, cucumbers and for fruit there's small watermelons, pineapples, and lady finger bananas.(also papaya and mangoes when in season for part of the year) You may be thinking wow that's not much variety of fresh produce, and yes it isn't speaking for myself because that's all that's available for us too! We're slowly trying to adjust to it and make the best of it but I'm having trouble eating cooked cucumbers. Wednesday night we and the Whitings stopped for dinner at Denarau on the West end of the island. It's a nice resort that the tourists go to when in Fiji. We checked all the restaurants and decided to splurge at a pricey restaurant that advertised Surf and Turf. I mistakenly pictured something like the small Lobster that Red Lobster has and a small nice steak like you can get in the states. When they brought out what looked like skinny lobster compared to the smallest one at Red Lobster that had 3 chunks of meat and a lot of sauce and a steak that was way under cooked and so tough that I couldn't chew some of the pieces even though I cut them very small, I think I finally realized that there isn't any place on this island that will have any food that is like what we are used to in the states, and decided not to do the high priced meals anymore.
|normal Fijian bridge over a stream|