I was exhausted after exploring Vancouver (see Guns & Butter: Vancouver, Canada Travel Guide (Organic Edition)). I looked forward to my 11-hour business class flight aboard Fiji Airways to Nadi.
Bula was a word I would hear frequently throughout this trip. It means hello or welcome in Fijian, but the sincerity of the word cannot be translated. This warmness of the flight attendants and the Fijian people is authentic.
Recall the work I put into getting the lie-flat seats from Toronto to Vancouver (see Booking Miles & Smiles on Air Canada: Takes Calls, Emails, Luck). That was worth the effort (see Worth It! Lie Flat Toronto to Vancouver on Air Canada). Finding business class for two on Fiji Airways was no small challenge either (see 55K Alaskan to Fiji And My New Melbourne Residence). It too was worth the effort.
Look at these beautiful seats:
Off to paradise, I had the prerequisite glass of champagne.
Here is a wild twist on eyeshades. The rest of the amenity kit was basic.
I was so tired that I fell asleep almost immediately after the welcome drink. I didn’t have the strength to ring the call button for the bedding.
I slept for 8 hours and missed dinner.
I did wake up for breakfast.
This was a necessary photo:
When I first started points travel, I used to stay awake during the entire flight, overeat, and overdrink. Having done this for so long, the pressure to do that is now gone. I can now rest knowing that the next business class flight is not far away. On Fiji Airways, given the comfortable seat and friendly service, this was easy to do.