Saturday, April 21, 2012


We are off to Fiji on Monday I can not wait!

See we were supposed to go to Fiji 5 years ago on our honeymoon.

The plan was to spend 2 weeks driving around New Zealand, starting in the South Island and working our way up to the North Island.

We then were supposed to fly over to Fiji and spend 1 week relaxing at a resort, sipping cocktails on the beach.

Things however did not go to plan.

We did make it to New Zealand and had a great time taking in all the spectacular scenery of NZ. Most of the time you felt like you were on the set of The Lord of the Rings (and often you were).

But alas, when we arrived in Auckland, we BOTH were taken down by a Gastro stomach bug that made us VERY sick for days. We think what caused it was a lamb roll in Matamata.

That roll made us so sick in fact, we had to cancel the Fiji leg of our Honeymoon and fly back to Australia.

This was taken 2 days into the bug [image by Zahara Dessert]
Our wedding vows did say 'in sickness and in health'... we just didn't think we needed to do it so soon into our marriage.

It was very sad to miss out on the Fiji leg of our Honeymoon and we never made it back.
We were feeling a little better [image by Zahara Dessert]
We did however end up going to Vietnam the year after with the money we got back from our Travel Insurance and had a great holiday with our friends. We also had what I call our 2nd Honeymoon when we went to Santorini and Naxos, Greece.

So don't feel too bad for us.

I just always wanted to go to Fiji.

I was going to put it on my Life List, but I just didn't think it was that important, given we had already been to so many other beautiful places since then.

But the time has come!

It has been a very impromptuly arranged trip. My husband has been working CRAZY hours on a 'Top Secret' movie project. But this project has just wrapped up.

So we thought we would take the few weeks of down time and go have a holiday and relax! He deserves it.

Sydney has also had the worst Summer in a generation. Therefore we feel we need to have a few days of Summer and relax in the sun before Winter sets in.

The strange thing is, we are staying at the same hotel we had booked for our Honeymoon. We didn't do it intentionally, it was the one that we liked the most and it had the better deal.

One Tree Hill, the only thing we saw of Auckland, outside or Hotel room. We made it this far, we then had to turn around and walk back to our room as we both started feeling very faint and ill again [image by Zahara Dessert]

Hobbiton, Matamata, the location of the infamous lamb sandwich [image by Zahara Dessert]
I'll post some stories from Fiji in the coming weeks


  1. Have fun in Fiji! And take heart, a very similar thing happened to us and our Fijian honeymoon! We got a stomach gastro bug just before the honeymoon (I was throwing up as we were going through customs at Sydney airport and had to turn back). We eventually went a few days later. But I'm sure it will be worth it for you guys! :D

    1. You poor thing! It must be the sign of a good start to a marriage?
      We made it back home safe n' sound without any dramas. Had an amazing time... can't wait to go back! Will share photos soon


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