Fiji dollars while Lawyers and Doctors make between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. The average person pays 50cents for a stay in the hospital, 10cents for vaccinations and rides public transportation. Drs and Lawyers have private cars and health insurance which gets them preferential treatment in the private health care sector. Children go to school in their villages through grade 8 where they learn English, math and science along with a native language like Fijian or Hindustani, but to move to the next grade level, they must only pass English. Over grade 8 is college then university. Students may study to be Drs, Lawyers, Teachers, Engineers and Nurses in Fiji. All other professions are learned in New Zealand or Australia. Big companies pay scholarships in return for years of service.
The trails led from sunshine back to the dense shadow...
and alongside Lily strewn ponds. We could have spent hours here watching the way the changing sunlight touched the dewy leaves in silence, but we had to be on our way. After a quick glass of fresh juice back at the park pavilion, we boarded our bus for the next destination.
There were breadfruits and bananas, lemons and limes... Really big limes... YES LIMES!
village and women weren't allowed to wear pants in the village. Shoulders must also be covered but it is forbidden to cover your head. Here I stand in the village courtyard where behind me, you see the chief's house. The only building that is allowed to be higher up than the Chief's home is the church, also central in each village. All other homes are built on ground level.
We could only photograph the outside from beyond the fence, but we were allowed to remove our shoes and silently walk through the temple. I was able to find these bootlegged pics and they almost do the real thing justice. Here is one of my favorites depicting Ganesh, "Remover of Obstacles" or God of Success!
We had a very heavily accented Hindu Priest guide us through the temple. He spoke quietly and we understood very little of what he actually said, but soaked up the feel of it all while gazing at these beautiful works of religious art.
seagrapes for instance. Not today... I'm sure I could find a recipe on the Internet...
Sonaisali Resort for the rest of the day. Yay! Some free time!