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Expat Report Living in Suva, Fiji by gloriawalker was published
Living-in-Suva
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
My dream was that the University of South Pacific would be receptive of me as a professional. I hoped that diversity was a norm. After almost year I have experienced landlords taking money by over charging me in rent and keeping the bond (advanced rent0 even when you comply with the lease. Landlords on the property in your flat trying to tell you when to come home, who can visit and how long even if you are in separate building. Purchases of items are sometimes not honored on return including places like MH department stores. If you look like a Fijian the IndoFijians will mistreat you openly and become upset when you respond. FIJI IS NOT THE KIND PLACE PEOPLE SAY IT IS. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Suva, Fiji by oriana68 was published
Living-in-Suva
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Nice people, easy way of life, nice beaches and nice expat community (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Suva, Fiji
Culture-Shock-in-Suva
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Do not come to Fiji unless you are willing to be openly cheated, use to not having hot water, able to take bug bites and tolerate strange food. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have been to Fiji - Suva many times (8). I have found the Native Fijians to be very friendly and hospitable to us. However the Indian Fijians have been rather rude to us. Also charged higher prices as well. It is the Indians NOT the Fijians who have this attitude problem with Americans Expats. I have found all Fijians not to have this attitude. I don't even go into the Indian business' due to their attitude.
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lol must be american
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PPoulin commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Suva, Fiji
Culture-Shock-in-Suva
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Be careful, it is fairly easy to offend or step on toes in the traditional Fijian culture. Expect that many things (e.g. fast food chains) may sound like "at home" but definitely doesn't look like! Remember that this is an isolated island and that many items can be in shortage due to the high demand, and must be shipped from abroad. (Continue)
PPoulin replied most recently with:
Although we barely "scratched the surface" on our dive trip to Fiji as I have noticed elsewhere in my travels Indians seem to be the "merchants" of the world. All my dealings with Fijian directly while diving were better than EXCELLENT. We can't wait to go back. Does anyone know the best/easiest way to recover a V.A.T tax once returned to the U.S
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