School in Fiji for a 7 year old Australian boy travelling around the world

school hair cut 
my uniform with the school sandals
my school – my teacher on the right
my first classroom – class 3B
my new friends
my classroom
I am sitting on the end, near the end
the kids clean the school

my new class 2A

my school is near the hot springs

we walk to school 2 km every day – even in the rain

I am seven years old and I am finishing school here now.
My new teacher was very nice – thank you!

Visiting Fiji Pearl Ocean Farm – as seen by a seven year old

We went to the Pearl Farm – it is just down the road from our house. 

First he lady explained to us how you get different coloured pearls. 

They look at the edge of the shell inside, and if it is gold, then the pearl will grow that colour. 
If it is green or grey, then that is what pearl will grow inside. 
It is because they take a little peace of the flesh and with tweezers they put it in a pocket. 

We head down to the sheds and learn about the pocket too. 

The pocket is where the pearl will grow. 

A ‘specialist pearler’, sits and opens the oyster shell with a tool, and then he puts a wedge in the spot so it doesn’t snap like a mouth on his fingers. 

He gets a metal tool and tweezers and he will put a shaped object in the pocket too, and the pearl will grow around that shape. 

If they want a round pearl they put in a little round bead, and if they want and unusual shape it can grow from sand and grit. 

So this is how they get the shape and the colour. 

We also learn that an oyster grows, and the same shell can be used up to 4 times and each time they will put a bigger bead inside the pocket. So big pearls are super expensive.

We see some pearls worth over $5000 a pearl.
Next we see them wash them and thread them on lines.

These are then hung off ropes in the ocean and the pearls get to grow inside.

 Here is the big tank where they rinse them.
This is the lady who tells us all the facts.

 They have to be careful, as turtles, fish and other things can eat them.
So we head out in a glass bottom boat and we get to see how they are hung off the lines to grow.

You can see the lines and they have seaweed on them, but under the clumps is the shells where the pearls grow inside.

The water is really clear and blue.

We also see stacks of cool fish and coral, and some amazing big blue starfish.
We head for a little Nawi Island which is just in our bay.  You can see it in the picture below.

I am learning a lot in Fiji.

So much to do in Fiji for a 7 year child travelling around the world

Here in Savusavu I am learning many new things 
and having and a lot of fun too.
I went to a farm 
and we went riding a long way through the coconut grove.
This is a boy in my class – it is his horse.
I have no t-shirt or shoes.
The horse only has a rope, and no blanket or saddle.
We swim in the river, and the little fishes try to bite you –
so we splashed heaps to keep them away.
We went down the river on the boat all the way to the sea.
It ran out of petrol, and the man had to use a big stick to push us back.
It was so much fun as we jumped in and out of the boat and ran along, 
and then jumped back in.
On Saturday I went to my first sailing lesson.
I also went to my first Fiji kids birthday party.
I went fishing for the first time, and caught two fish.
We fished right til dark – after school too.
We Had to let the fish go as they were little.
I get to swim in the beach out the front of our house 
with the kids next door.
Some of these kids have no parents and live all together.
We help them with food.
They help us as they walk back in the dark from town 
and they always turn up and make us feel safe.
It is safe anyway here – everyone walks.
And everyone says “Bula”!
I miss my friends back in Adelaide, 
but I am making many new friends.
I am having the BEST TIME EVER!

We want to help these poor kids

On Saturday we hired a scooter,
but it broke down so we changed to a car.
It was heaps of fun, but the roads are rocky,
and I thought it was a bit like a show ride.
So we changed to a car, and it was safer,
and we drove a long way into the country.
We found a village with lots of kids I could play with.
We ran on the beach and had fun.
The people in the country don’t have any shops.
The poor kids have to carry things a long way with no shoes on their feet.
It made me sad.
The men go fishing in these boats they make.
They live in old broken houses.
They have no toys, and they were old clothes.
This is the shed they use to cook coconuts.
They dry them and sell.  
But it doesn’t make much money,
so they all share.
Mum and I want to help these poor people.
In 1 week we want to get a car and put clothes and food in it
and give them a big surprise.
At the top of my page you can donate to help us do this.
You can also leave a message if you want us to spend it a certain way.
Then we will blog on it so you can see their happy faces.
We hope you can help us and tell your friends.

Life in Fiji – Funny and cute things as seen by a seven year old Australian boy

This is man is getting his drivers licence.
It is a sheet held behind him, and they take his picture and print and laminate.
It is in the middle of the bus depot!

This is a policeman – he wears a sulu

This is the market – the crabs are alive and moving and tied together and sold.
It stinks here and they have sat in the sun all day – yuk!

This is us on the bus – it is about 1 hour back and I fell asleep.  
When I woke up I was playing games with the Fijian lady.
People here are lovely and friendly and I like them.

Learning rugby with an Indian Fijian boy outside Deuba Inn
(you say it as Day-oen-bar)

One of the puppies where we were staying at Deuba Inn,
near Pacific Harbour.

This is the Miss Fiji competition – it was at the hotel near us.
The lady in the middle won and will go in the Miss World competitions.

Having a swim at The Pearl – a nice resort near us.
We only had basic accommodation but they let us swim here which is kind.

This is our room – we stayed here 3 nights near Pacific Harbour.
There were lots of geckos and some of the glass louvres were missing.
We got lots of insects inside.
Mum had to seal all the food up tightly.

I like this picture – it is workers in Suva making a roundabout.
Fiji people might be poor, but they are kind and happy.

Bubbling Hot Springs in Fiji – seven year old school report

We are on an island named Vanua Levu.
There are lots of Hot Springs here that bubble boiling water out of the ground.
Hot Springs are burning hot.
They have rocks around them, and the ladies cook big pots on them sometimes too.

Near the school are big and little ones, and a creek runs by.

The boiling water runs into the creek and out to the beach.

There are more little ones bubbling along the beach edge too. 

You can feel the hot steam as you get near.
They do not smell or anything and the water is clear. 

I was scared not to get too close, in case I burnt myself.


Visiting the Copra Mill

Today we were special visitors to the Savusavu Copra Mill.
It closes tomorrow for three months, so we were lucky that where we are staying, that the Indian neighbour works there, and arranged for us to have a special tour.

It is a fair way out of town, so we took the bus.
When we arrived you could smell the coconuts, and we went to the factory.
First they weigh the trucks with their load.
Then we watched as they unload the dried insides of the coconuts – called flesh, from off the trucks.
It must very dry and they test this, and if it is not dry enough the farmer has to take it back and dry it more.
If it is good quality, they get more money for it.

There is a mountain of dried coconuts insides and this goes into a big machine.

It is crushed up.
Then it is heated up.
They use a big fire that was so hot we couldn’t stand too close.

This is like a big strainer.
Coconut oil comes out, and it is clear like water and it feels soft.

They put the oil in big tanks, and this is piped to ships and trucks.
It takes 1 week to fill a tank with the machines working day and night non-stop.

The left over stuff is called meal, and is put into bags to be sold to feed the animals.

I was allowed to pull the handle and fill a bag.
Mum got to sew up one of the bags.

I really enjoyed my excursion today and learnt a lot.

We saw them drying the coconuts as we drive home.
These people work hard for their little bit of money.

We took our neighbour a big bag of Australian lollies for letting us have the tour.  Lollies or candy are very expensive here (about 2 hours worth of their work pay), so it was nice to be kind to his family, and see them happy.


Sydney is fun! We are off around the world on our great adventure

At Sydney we went to Luna Park, and we had so much fun. 

Our friend Yumi bought me a hat at the Luna Park shop.   
It was because we rode the Mighty Mouse – a Roller Coaster that was really, really freaky!

This is Mum and me with my Wild Mouse hat on!

We also went to the Opera house – it’s great!

We went to the interactive Water Park @ Darling Harbour and it was wet and fun. 
I went on the flying fox about 10 times. 

We went across and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Have you ever been to Sydney and if so what was your favourite thing?

Acting silly in the city

Mum and I always have ‘Family Day’ on Sundays.
We go out and have lunch and then go exploring.
Yesterday we went to North Terrace.
Here is me on the Governor’s lap, while she reads a book.
This is called a bust.  
But it is a man’s head that I hid behind, and I pretended to be part of the statue.
He looks like he is sad, or like has a headache.
Or maybe he is just tired, and needed a scratch on the head!

This is a Korean display in the red room of the Art Gallery. 
He is covered in fake roses and carrying a gun.
The whole room is red – orange, so the picture looks funny.
I am being a statue like him.

These displays are hanging from wires and are all crystal and cut glass.
I climbed under one display really quickly so I am looking a bit guilty!
This is another statue at the Art Gallery.
We didn’t get to take a lot of pictures as you are not allowed to touch most displays or go near them.
But I still had fun playing statues.
We want to go to many Art Galleries around the world, especially in France.
Have you ever been to an Art Gallery?


Visiting Museums around the world

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday with Mum, 
is to go to the Museum.

I love climbing in the display bubbles, 
and pulling out the viewing drawers.

I love all the things you can learn and find.
 I like all the animals.
I love to sweep in the bones pit, and see what I can find.
I want to visit the USA museums that have the dinosaur bones – I can’t wait!
Mum loves the Egyptian Room. Mummies of course!
I am pretending to be a display!
These are cool Aboriginal shields.
I am a Totem Pole!
I love the the Pacific Room.
This reminds me of a sail boat in Fiji. 

I want to go to as many museums as I can around the world.
See me at the end of the fountain outside.
Adelaide museum has a dinosaur skeleton, 
but it is all mixed up with other bones, 
so I couldn’t get a good picture to show you.
Mum says it has been there since she was a girl – so it must be old!

What is your favourite thing to see when you go to the museum?