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5 Things I’m Thankful for Living in Fiji

Thankful Living in Fiji

Fiji celebrates many different festivals and holidays. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving isn’t one of them. This means there’s no turkey, no green beans, no family time and most of all no pumpkin pie. Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays but since it’s not celebrated in Fiji, nobody knows about it or talks about it…so I completely forgot about it. I know, how could I? Well, not to make things worse but I also forgot about Halloween because it’s just not a thing here. My partner being so far away from me all the way in Iraq was also a key factor for me to forget these very important (yes, Halloween is important to me) celebrations. I blame every shop in SuvaΒ as they jumped straight to Christmas mode and started playing jingle bells since mid-October…yea.

Even though both my partner and I missed out on Thanksgiving this year, I still decided to take this opportunity to reflect on what I’m thankful for, which ended up as a list of things I’m grateful for being an expat here in Fiji as I’ve spent the majority of 2017 on this island. Read along to find out!
 

1. The beach

I’m thankful for having access to theΒ beautiful beaches around the island. I can hop on a bus and arrive at Fiji’s famous turquoise water in 45 minutes. Paradise is just a bus or a taxi ride away.

Grateful Living in Fiji the beach
 

2. The security

Living in a safe city is definitely something that I shouldn’t take for granted. Of course I must be vigilant as I would anywhere in the world, but I’m thankful for being able to walk around the streets, carry my camera or my phone and take photos without having to worry that someone might snatch them out of my hands in the streets. Again, I exercise caution while carrying my gadgets, especially in the evenings, but I’ve been to and lived in other countries that are considered far more dangerous – I couldn’t carry my camera around in Solomon Islands – so I’m happy with the level of security here in Suva and in Fiji in general.

Grateful Living in Fiji Walk to Work
 

3. The people

The kind, friendly and laid-back people make up most of Fiji and I am and will always be thankful for them.

Grateful Living in Fiji Sea Wall
 

4. The food

If you don’t know me by now, I love to eat and I absolutely love Fijian food. I also love Indian food, Thai food, Malaysian food, Chinese food, Indonesian food, Mexican food…you get the picture. I’m grateful that I can find food from all over the world in this small Pacific island. The options are endless for me as I’m not too picky with food (except I don’t eat red meat and not a big fan of fish). I’m also thankful that I can easily purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable cost any day I want.

Grateful Living in Fiji

Thankful Living in Fiji Floating Restaurant

The only floating restaurant in town I’ve yet to try


 

5. The freedom

Last not but least, I’m grateful for the freedom to travel, explore and adventure around the island. I can take a weekend trip to go scuba diving, hiking or mountain climbing. Or I can go out for drinks with friends on a week night.

 

Overall, even though I didn’t get to celebrate Turkey Day this year, I’m still thankful for being able to enjoy a safe, comfortable expat life here in Fiji. After all, it’s the simple things that matter the most!

 

Tell me about your Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Comment below and let me know!

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Thankful Living in Fiji

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Gibbs
    November 26, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Fiji looks so beautiful, I would love to visit sometime.

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      susie
      November 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      It is indeed πŸ™‚ Hope you get to visit one day!

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    Zach
    November 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Nice pictures . I guess the beach+ mountain climbing isn’t a terrible trade ;).

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      susie
      November 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Haha true that πŸ˜›

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    Pau
    November 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Fiji to my bucket list in 1,2,3….

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      susie
      November 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Hope you visit Fiji some day πŸ™‚

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    Michelle
    November 30, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Fiji definitely looks like a great place to stay for a long time, great photos.

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      susie
      November 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Fiji is lovely, hope you visit some day πŸ™‚

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    Abby
    December 1, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Wow looks amazing! I’d be interested to try some Fijian food. On my bucket list!

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      susie
      December 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      You’d love Fijian food πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for you to try one day!

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    Unta
    December 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Really an amazing place to live. Would love to spend couple of days on those beaches and to try some food.

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      susie
      December 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I’m so blessed to live in Fiji <3 I can't wait to go on a weekend trip to the beach and eat all the food πŸ˜€

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    Lena
    December 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I was always fascinated by the people living on remote islands. There is something so courageous and adventurous about it. And obviously, you have a lot to be thankful for!

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      susie
      December 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      It’s my first time living on an island for an extensive period (I’m here for a year and that’s quite a long time for me :D). There are pros and cons for island-living but it’s certainly an experience πŸ™‚

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    Soraya
    December 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    What a beautiful post – I think it is so wonderful that you have thought about the things that make you thankful for living in Fiji. It is a great ode to a beautiful country. I would love to visit Fiji, and ohhh to have the beaches just a few minutes away from me would be amazing. I also would like to try Fijian food – your love for it has made me curious about what it is!

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      susie
      December 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Soraya, that makes my heart happy πŸ™‚ I’m blessed to live in such a beautiful place and I shouldn’t take it for granted. I really hope you visit one day, you’ll love it!

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    Sarah
    December 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Nice to discover your blog! I’m about to start digging around to find out how you ended up in Fiji, what you’re doing there etc. as I am intrigued! The people in Fiji are among the friendliest I’ve met anywhere. I live in New Zealand so there’s a wee bit of Halloween but mostly Christmas from October too! Nice to cross people from other cultures who introduce such celebrations into our lives.

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      susie
      December 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I’ll soon write a post on how I ended up in Fiji so stay tuned πŸ˜€ It sounds like you’ve been to Fiji? I’ve never been to NZ before so I hope to take a trip sometime next year before I leave!

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    Cherie
    December 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I can’t wait to spend a lot of time in Fiji in the near future. I want to discover it all and learn about the local culture. Do you think it is easy to eat a vegan diet there? I would imagine there to be lots of wonderful fresh tropical fruits and coconuts. Great post!

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      susie
      December 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Oh the fresh fruits and coconuts are one of the many perks of living in Fiji πŸ˜‰ Fijian cuisine incorporates a lot of meat but don’t worry, there are plenty of vegetarian/vegan options available as well! I’m working on a post on food in Fiji so stay tuned πŸ˜€

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    Amy Morgan
    December 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Looks like a gorgeous place to live!

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      susie
      December 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

      It sure is!

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    Lucy
    December 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Fiji is a place I have been close to, but never been too! It looks beautiful! I hope you get your turkey day next year!

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      susie
      December 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

      You should visit one day <3 I'm already excited for Turkey Day next year lol

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    Nazneen Malik
    December 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    A sweet post about a sweet place πŸ™‚

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      susie
      December 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Nazneen!

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    Sandy
    December 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I’d love to visit Fiji, looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing <3

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      susie
      December 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Sandy, hope you visit one day πŸ™‚

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    Crazy Travelista
    December 5, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Living in Fiji sounds like a dream! It’s somewhere high on my bucket list. I hope to visit soon.

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      susie
      December 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      I hope you visit too, you’ll love it! πŸ™‚ <3

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