We decided to spend a day with the locals in the town of Lautoka. Of course, Saturday is the busiest day to go there so we were in the heart of it all. Our mission was not to provision, but rather to soak in the atmosphere of the city, the market, the shops, the people and the food. And we were not disappointed!
|The portions look small, but it very filling - and HOT!|
We met a couple from Singapore at the marina and rode with them, sharing what we had learned about Fiji over the past ten weeks. Then we took them to a good shop where you can purchase reasonably priced sulas. Dennis bought a traditional man's sula in black and I bought some of the colorful ladies' style for gifts. Since we gave away thousands of dollars worth of "stuff" when we sold our house, I have been very good about not replacing it with more "stuff" from this trip. We have only purchased a couple of souvenirs. And I refuse to buy stuff for the grandchildren as my mother always returned from afar with stuff that had no meaning to the kids! Her intentions were good. But now someone else is enjoying those "treasures."
|Keith (R) is the bartender at the favorite hangout: Boatshed Bar|
|Catherine, Keith, Linda, Mike and Dennis|
|Vuda Point Marina market|
|Many homemade goodies here. A lot of gluten-free treats, too!|
|Marina Manager Adam and his wife make |
coconut oil and coconut products for sale.
|We had a group of 14 or more|
for Merc's birthday dinner at
First Landing Resort!
|The Italians serenaded Merc and entertain all of us!|
That is Sandra and Tom from S/V Sweet Pearl
(Switzerland) looking on. Such a fun night with
special people celebrating with our special friend!
|And we love the music performed by Emily and the guys!|