In Transit Through Fiji
What could be more exciting than killing time on Los Angeles waiting to catch a flight? Catching a flight and waiting even longer to arrive! And so our journey continues…
We boarded the plane headed to Fiji and we were lucky to keep the children awake during the boarding process. Of course, once we got them on the airplane, the biggest they have ever seen, they were full of excitement and anticipation. I’m not sure now if it was anticipation for our destination, or for the chance to use their seat back TV’s to watch movies, but needless to say they weren’t keen on going to sleep by that point.
We finally got everyone settled and our flight took off shortly before midnight. Thankfully they dimmed the cabin lights and before long, the children were asleep. Everything was looking good. That is until about 45 minutes into the flight when they announced that they would be serving dinner. IT’S PAST MIDNIGHT PEOPLE!
Sure enough, not 20 minutes later we have full plates of food being handed out to our children’s seat back trays, with them soundly asleep and another 20 minutes after that, Divinity and I have an interesting assortment of airline food in front of us ready for ingestion. As a pleasant surprise, the food was actually half edible chicken curry, which we quickly devoured (along with the delicious 2 pack of Oreo cookies) after which we settled into a sugar induced semi-slumber, with our heads bobbing to and fro. There we were, all settled in for the 10.5 hour flight to Fiji. What could possibly go wrong.
As a parent, there are many times you identify situations with scenarios you know you should prepare for. And as the wise parent you are, you pack and prep for those scenarios. And then when it comes time to execute those preparations, a lapse in judgement occurs, inexplicably, and you fail to execute said preparations. Yea…
About 5 hours into the flight while everyone was asleep, it happened. Divinity had packed an extra pair of clothes and a sleep diaper for Evan, who occasionally wets the bed, and ultimately forwent the preparation of getting said diaper on the boy with the leaky hose. Er go, he peed not only his pants, but all over Divinity’s as well not to mention half of the seats on the row. Ugh. Divinity, being the champ she is, simply dealt with it until Evan finally woke up and could get somewhat cleaned up. Evan in clean clothes (still smelling like pee) +1. Divinity with no change of clothes (still also smelling like pee) -1. Lesson learned.
On the plus side, we experienced a small (possibly large) travel miracle. The children slept for about 7 hours of the 10.5 hour flight! I would never have thought that possible, but it happened. They woke up, cheerful and excited to be on an airplane still. Of course, they also were enthralled that during their dreams, magical food fairies had delivered trays of food right under their noses (literally). What they soon discovered though was that the magical food fairies were actually wicked food imps that delivered something so repugnant for their main course that not a one of them would touch it. We’re not completely sure what it was either, but after getting them to eat some grapes, Oreos and orange juice, we resigned and had the trays taken away.
The kids finally settled in to watching a movie and were loving having their own screens when once again they announced over the loud speaker that they were serving breakfast. At 4:30 in the morning. Flight lands at 6:00 AM. Wow. But hey, free meal! (Thank you to Fiji Airways for the most oddly timed airline meals ever) This time the kids won out in the meal lottery. They were served scrambled eggs with both ham AND sausage (and even picky eater Kaitlyn eventually decided she liked the sausage) as well as fruit and juice. Much happier children. As for the adults, we don’t remember at this point, but that’s exactly how memorable it was. Let’s just say, we were hungry on arrival to Fiji.
Arriving in Fiji
After 10.5 hours of flying, you can imagine how excited we were to land in Fiji. The sun was already coming up and we could make out a bit of the green landscape and crystal blue waters surrounding the various Fijian islands. How exciting it would be to get out of the airport! Except that it never happened. After working our way through the various lines, we found ourselves spit out in the main and only real lobby / restaurant / boarding area in the airport. It was 6:00 AM and really there wasn’t anyone around. So we setup camp in the lobby area and proceeded to play games, walk around, find the children’s play area (temporarily closed of course), and visit the restroom.
The only thing to note is that we saw the Fiji Olympic rugby team, as in they were sitting 3 feet away and acting like normal people sitting around bored waiting for a flight. Divinity says they were huge, but I wasn’t really looking. I was laying down for a nap and thanks to my Bose noise cancelling head phones (semi travel tip – buy them, they are wonderful!), I slept like I never thought possible in an airport, for about an hour.
After 6 hours of waiting, exhausted, bored and sweaty, we finally got back on board the plane to Auckland and after watching a movie or two, and waiting for nearly 11 years, we arrived in New Zealand.
Stay tuned for the next article on our arrival to our new home country!