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 Suva 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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