Wedding, weekend getaway, and Fiji epidemic
The girls and I had a ton of fun dressing up. I kept feeling like I'd be overdressed, but I wasn't at all. All of the women looked beautiful! (The men on the other hand didn't look like they tried at all! They were in regular clothes you'd see them wear around town, except Dasha did look very nice.) I ended up choosing the black one (Thank you Venaat!!!!!!) because it was the most comfortable, albeit a bit hot. When you wear these dresses, you also have to wear pants to cover any leg you may have showing...so in very hot, tropical climates..it gets a little bit warm! I also had a scarf around my neck... but if I felt so exotic and pretty!
|This was the best shot our o maybe 10. Zoë wan't in the mood to cooperate!
|This boy sitting next to Andie was explaining everything to her. It was so cute. They played all night together. Many jokes were made about their future wedding!
|At one point, Dasha sat in this chair and the professional photographer took pictures with Dasha and each guest. No one smiled in the pictures (except for our family with our goofy smiles!)
The next morning, I went on a long(ish) run and then headed out to Leleuvia, our favorite resort here. Unfortunately, as I was driving back from the run around 7:30 a.m. Warren called to tell me that Andie had woken up with conjunctivitis (more on this later). He was so sweet and offered to stay home with her until the next day so that Zoë and I could head out early. He's also more responsible than me, because I probably would have just brought her along, but I think we made the right public health choice. They joined us Saturday morning - Warren got off the boat with pink eye too - poor things!
|Good morning from our bure!
As always, Leleuvia was beautiful and relaxing and restorative. I love that place. They put on a Easter egg hunt, we played bocce, had drinks by the water and even a late night swim! Tricia and I swam under the moonlight and then got completely freaked out when a HUGE sea snake swam right in-between us! The swim ended abruptly!
They also had adorable baby turtles that they are taking care until they are ready to release them. They were SO cute! While I was snorkeling I saw some sort of huge fish and a monteray eel. Also freaked me out, but cool to see. Someone also saw a turtle and it got brought on shore to tag. It was awesome!
There was a huge sailboat taking a break there and the kids got climb aboard and play around. I also toured it and cannot even imagine staying on that thing...as beautiful as it was. Talk about claustrophobic! The sailboat is using all renewable energy and doing some relief work and education. It was very cool.
|Ready with their Easter baskets!
|the crew ready to go!
|I thought this picture was funny. The kids are so serious about their candy!
|kids cleaning the boat.
|This is the turtle they tagged.
|First time I've ever seen a sea turtle.
|back to the sea
|this is the food the baby turtles eat. Each shell has to be smashed and then the turtles are hand fed. It's a lot of work to watch after these babies!
|Their caretaker feeding the turtles
|This picture was taken later this week but each day the turtles take a swim in the ocean. I love this shot!
We returned home to Suva and poor Warren still had this terrible eye infection! You cannot even call it pink eye as it is bright red..... It looks like he is bleeding from his eyeballs! It is an epidemic now in Fiji. 25% of his work is at home due to conjunctivitis. Everywhere you look you see people in sunglasses even when it's raining. It's everywhere! I heard its 6,000 cases in Suva alone!!! I seriously don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by it somehow. Everyone knows either a close family member (my husband and daughter) or a close friend or employee (Fanny) that has it. It's a virus, so drops don't get rid of it....which is good in a way because apparently Suva has ran out of eye drops! I am so paranoid. I wash my hands no less than 30 times a day and I use hand sanitizer every 15 minutes. I feel like I have OCD. My eyes are itching just thinking about it....but luckily they are still clear. I heard today that one of the reasons it's rampant is so many adults don't wash their hands here. I have a nurse friend who helps out in the neo-natal unit at the hospital and she said they don't even have soap at the sinks there!!!! Crazy!
It makes me think about other epidemics and what if the Ebola virus came to Fiji. It would spread like wild fire and if it was an epidemic that needed medicine to cure....the medicine would run out! It's so weird to think about....how anyone can be affected. Poor Warren has missed work all week....but he's lucky because he can work from home and he has sick time. Someone who only makes $2.00 an hour and doesn't have sick time has to go work. They cannot afford not to...and then it spreads further. I wonder how long it will last!
Fingers crossed....our house is through with it by the end of the week.
Despite bloody eyeballs....we still have some good sunsets! Check out this one from last night!
|PS. This picture is really old from last year, but I just found it and wanted to post it. Our friend Christian was helping Andie dive for starfish! Pretty cool!