Fiji Time

We’re here in Fiji now with our host family: Sachin, Malti, and Shayal. Our host family is originally from India. They invited us to the birthday celebration of one of their gods, Ram. The celebration lasts eight to nine days, in which no meat is eaten. We got to see all the native outfits and experience all the culture. During the ceremony there was singing, dancing, and praying in the Hindi language.

host family

host family

Hindi God Rama Celebration

Hindi God Rama Celebration


At our hosts’ house I noticed that Fijians eat mostly with their hands. They mix food up into a ball with their hands, combining different foods from their plate. During breakfast, Malti taught us some of the history of Fiji. The Indians were tricked by the British into thinking they could go to Fiji, get a job, make some money and go back home. But Malti said once they arrived, the Europeans forced them into being slaves and never let them go home. Meanwhile there were the natives of the island, The first Fijians came from Africa. English is required in school and our friend Mathew (not you, Matthew L, or any other Matthew we know in America), told us that if you spoke Fijian at school, you would get punished.

Traditional Meal at celebration

Traditional Meal at celebration


There are no shoes in the house and no napkins are used. Fiji is multicultural (Fijians, Indians, Chinese, Europeans). Malti said that mostly the Chinese, Europeans, and Indians are the busniess owners.

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Keep Calm and Travel Around the World!

Peace Around the World

Peace Around the World

The Plane Ride

Our trip around the world has begun! First stop, Fiji. What better way to start then sharing about our lovely plane rides. The first plane we took went to Los Angeles (we didn’t stay there, just got on a different plane). This plane was very small. Then, we switched to a plane that was much larger for our trip across the Pacific. There were mini televisions on the backs of seats and two full meals. On the way, we crossed the Equator and the international date line (when you cross the date line, it’s as if you are going into the future, or one day ahead). When we looked out the window, we were amazed to see the Big Dipper, but what made it different is that is was in the vertical position. I’ve never seen it like that, have you?




Hopes and Dreams of a Junior WorldTrek Reporter

I have many hopes and dreams for our trip. I can’t wait to see all the wildlife, the cultures, art, recreation, and mountains while trekking. You don’t know what to expect while traveling the globe. Amazing things are hidden around every corner. I can’t wait!

We will be seeing animals everywhere. There are many species that are found nowhere else! I’m looking forward to siting dingoes, my favorite animal, in Australia. Our safari in South Africa will reveal many creatures. There will be many interesting birds in Europe. We might even see a whale when we go to a beach!

There will be many different cultures and foods around the globe. I hope there are some fun acting activities in the Sydney Opera House. Maybe we can try weird types of sea creatures in Japan. There might be interesting cultures in Nepal. I want to ride in the canals of Venice on a boat.

When we go trekking, we will see some AWSOME rock formations. I bet there are rocks that are thousands of years old! There will also be weird plants. We will meet many new friends. Who knows, there might be hidden treasures out there.

On a trip around the world, who wouldn’t want to go for a little swim? The only thing to worry about is getting bitten by a shark or stung by a jellyfish. We will be swimming in many oceans and pools. In Fiji, we will be staying in a resort right next to the beach. The resort has a magnificent pool. We might go snorkeling in a reef. There is also some amusement parks to visit.

Well, there you have it! My hopes and dreams for the trip. You can comment on this or ask for more from your Jr. WorldTrek Reporter. We leave soon. I can’t wait!