Island Living

Madison Kopack is a student at Rider University and is a current ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Suva, Fiji. 

It has been interesting adjusting to “Fiji time”, but it will be even more of an adjustment going back to regular time in the US. Island life is simple and I have enjoyed every second of it.  Here’s a closer look as to what it’s like to live in Fiji.

Taking the bus is the most popular form of transportation in Fiji other than taxis.  At only  70 cents (35 cents USD) per ride, it’s cheap and easy to get anywhere in the city.  Also, quite enjoyable!

The bus is big and open so you can always feel the ocean breeze.  They also play fun island music that never fails to put you in a good mood and get you ready for your day.  And at night they turn into fun party buses with even better music and colorful flashing lights on the ceiling!

All of the buses eventually end up at the big terminal where you can take a bus to any part of the island.  It’s also right next to the biggest fresh foods market in Fiji.

The market is both indoors and outdoors with fresh foods and vegetables as far as the eye can see.  But that’s not all, upstairs they also have a whole floor dedicated to different seasonings and spices perfect for any meal.

Something that you can always find at the market is bundles of cassava.  It’s a potato-like root that is found in traditional Fijian meals.

If you walk around the surrounding streets by the market, there’s usually people selling fresh bread or fruits.

It’s always nice to walk along the sea wall on a nice day and look at the beautiful surrounding mountains.

You can see mountain ranges and fishing boats when walking the sea wall.  It’s my favorite place to go to watch a sunset!

The world awaits…discover it.

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