I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE GOING HOME!
Fiji was supposed to be a stopover…now here we are six months later finally catching the last leg of our journey. And even that didn’t go the way we thought it would. But honestly, nothing this year has gone the way any of us ever thought it would.
Our home is in Tonga and the borders are still closed, as so much of the world is. We registered with the US and Tongan Embassy and eventually for a “special circumstances” repatriation but hadn’t heard anything in months. We would send bi-weekly emails to every contact we could find but would get the same be patient, borders are still closed auto-generated response.
So, we’ve been waiting because as frustrating as it is, we understand. Viruses less lethal than covid-19 have been known to decimate these fragile island populations. The world’s leading superpower countries couldn’t get it together fast enough and are still struggling through.
So really, we were beyond shocked to get a call from the government of Tonga saying our request was being considered! We thought for sure we weren’t going anywhere until 2021. In fact, our 6-month tourist visa was about to expire and we planned to apply for residency in Fiji….no joke!
It’s been a year filled with so many things and its not over yet. But this feels like the end of a chapter for us. A bittersweet goodbye.
Fiji embraced us, became our home, and infected us with their bula spirit (a wish for happiness, good health and the energy of life.) It has been a gift and one we will carry on with us until we return again.
For now, we say a fond moce (goodbye) to Fiji and a huge Mālō e lelei (hello) to The Kingdom of Tonga!
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