One-Hour Layover – Fiji

I’m sitting in the lounge at some airport in Fiji.  It was an interesting place with lots of shops and comfortable furniture.  The scenery out the windows indicated a magnificently beautiful island.

I’m on a one-hour layover in Fiji.  I didn’t even know we would be stopping here.  It is just dawn, and the main impression I’ve gotten about this exotic island is when we disembarked the plane onto an outdoor walkway, the sounds of birds were louder than the jet, whose engines were still wining.  It’s been 11 hours already, since I left Los Angeles, and that was a five hour flight from Washington, which was 35 minutes from Richmond.  It makes me tired.

It was a very good day at the Maggie Walker School.  Patti Chapel, their tech coordinator, did a fabulous  job of bringing people in from the area to do presentations on GIS, podcasting, using Excel to process data, and others.  Several were presenters that I know of, and I would love to have been able to attend some of those presentations.  Alas, I had to do my gig, and then hit the road.  Seems like weeks ago, but it was just yesterday.  Or was it two days ago.  This date line truly confuses me.


I’m now in the Auckland airport, and I’ve put in my cholesterol walk for the day.  It’s another 45 minutes before they let us in to board, what’s sure to be a very small plane to Rotorua.  I’m glad that I decided not to drive, though.  The steering wheel is in the wrong place.  It would be awkward for me to drive, having to reach all the  way over to the other side of the car to tend the steering wheel.

So, sitting here, after a sausage and egg sandwich (delicious), I decided to thumb through a magazine that was handed to us as we disembarked the 777 from Los Angeles (by way of Fiji).  The magazine is called Arrival: A Guide to New Zealand.  It is mostly descriptions of the tourist centers of the country, including a lot of references to Maori Culture, wine making, water sports,  and a lot of fun having to do with rocks. Then I ran across this article called Wanted: Skilled Migrants.  It opens with…

Many industries within New Zealand say that one of the most significant factors holding them back from achieving growth is the lack of qualified staff.

All indications are that this is a country on the move, trying to find its place and to make its contributions to the 21st century.  Here are the professions they are especially keen to attract:

  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Biotechnology
  • Construction
  • Creative Arts
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Banking & Finance

Something to think about.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.