Fiji

Fiji Photo Diary: October

As I write this, I am sitting looking at the ocean and drinking what will probably be my last Vonu* for a little while. Tonight is my last night in Fiji and I’m savouring my last moments in this beautiful country.

October—my last month in Fiji—was pretty flippin’ cool. It started with Fiji Fashion Week, rubbing shoulders with the best in Pacific fashion. I danced alongside the Fijian President and partied 1920s style at the Australian High Commission Great Gatsby-themed ball. There was an awesome weekend spent in the old capital, Levuka. And, of course, the last fleeting moments of my time spent in Suva.

*Vonu is hands down Fiji’s best beer

Here are a few instagram snaps from my last month in Fiji.

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The Streets of Suva

With only one week left in Suva, life is feeling bittersweet.

Going home is exciting. I will see my family and friends for the first time in months. I will be reunited with my gorgeous boyfriend, Matt. And I will have my first day at my new job. It’s exciting!

But at the same time, I will say goodbye to a place that has become my home, to new friends that have become like family.

My life in Suva may have been short, but it was very sweet.

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The Journey: Getting to and from Levuka

Over land, across water and through the air.

Getting to and from Levuka was half the fun of our weekend away in the old capital. The four-hour bus and ferry was quite the experience on the way there. Then there was the short 12-minute flight in a tiny little plane on the way back that gave a few of us some tense moments, but mostly just some stunning views of the islands below.

Levuka is worth a visit just for this experience alone!

Note: Photos by myself and Alice Jacobs.

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The Streets of Levuka

On the island of Ovalau, against a backdrop of lush green mountains, sits the old capital of Fiji.

We had the best day wandering through the old town of Levuka with its colonial style buildings and Wild Wild West vibes. A very different scene from the typical Fiji tourist experience. It was the perfect weekend escape from Suva.

Note: All photos by myself, Elspeth Davidson and Alice Jacobs.
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Fiji Fashion Week: Established Designers

The last night of Fiji Fashion Week.

An epic showcase of the best of the best in Fiji fashion. The whole night oozed cool and was literally dripping with fresh, young vibes.

I loved the collections that mixed the vibrant colours of the Pacific with modern cuts and styles. The clashing orange and black collection from Samal Singh was a stand out. But my absolute fave was the plus-size collection from BE ME—when those brown check pants hit the runway, I was in love!

I had a dress made just for the occasion. And I absolutely love my little lime green bula print dress.

It was the perfect end to an epic week of fashion. All in all, FJFW did not fail to impress!

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