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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Fiji Conference 2017: "The Taste of Paw Paw!"

Happy New Year! We woke up this morning in Suva.  Yesterday was a bit of a blur getting here.

Yesterday we woke up at 4:30 am to catch our 6:00 shuttle to the airport.  Dan had only 1 1/2 hours of sleep because of his cold.  (Dr. Anna gave him 2 antibiotics and a steroid.  That should wipe out any infection.)
This is the first time Dan was greeted at his assigned plane seat by his screen.

 We landed in Nadi and needed to catch a bus to Suva.  We just missed the bus from the nicer company (more roomy, less people,) so had to take the bus that had many stops along the way and MANY people. I sat near the back.  There were 2 of us adults and 2 children in our two seats...plus my carry-on backpack.  Dan was somewhere in the front.  The family I was scrunched up against was a mom with her 2-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl.  They were Indo-Fijian, so I looked very different...especially to the little boy who kept tentatively touching my white skin.

About an hour and a half into the  trip, enough people got off that Dan motioned for me to sit with him (and another passenger) in the front.  This time it was Dan who didn't quite fit, with half his body taking up the aisle space. After another while, the woman next to me got off, and we fit into our seats much better.  The whole trip was about 4 1/2 hours, and I was so thankful for my kindle.  We arrived in Suva about 5:30 and were a bit hungry (breakfast had been a long time ago), so we made a quick trip to McD's. before settling in for the evening.

The place we're staying provides breakfast in addition to our room.

We had a good night's sleep and awoke to breakfast laid out and covered on the dining room table.  Fresh paw paw (papaya), pineapple, and toast! There's a cool breeze blowing, and I haven't met a mosquito yet. We're laying low trying to rest up and hoping Dan's nose and cough will be much better before the opening  banquet tonight.  The dinner kicks off the beginning off our two-week theology class studies.  (My first apologetics class starts tomorrow morning!)

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