Thanks to vacation dramas, I will not run out of things to blog about for a while. Don’t get me wrong, our Fiji holiday was great. I hope you had a chance to see some of our Fiji photos.
We were only in Fiji for 30 minutes when we had our first drama. It didn’t’ start out that way. Actually our detailed planning and execution were done to prevent just such an occurrence. Our travel agent suggested we bring our own food to Fiji including meats.
So we looked it up on-line as we hadn’t traveled with meat in the past and it seemed a bit odd. Sure enough it was allowed and all we needed was a certification from the butcher that it was in fact “New Zealand meat.” Our butcher was even familiar with the process and he supplied us with frozen, vacuum packed sausages along with our certification.
Upon arrival into Fiji the first queue was to turn in our health inspection cards which actually included:
Do you have in your possession any of the following:
- Holy Water
- Second hand Clothing for charity
- Human Ash
- Biological Specimen
- Cultured Blood
No worries, we didn’t have those items so we passed through there in a breeze.
On to immigration where the very straight faced officer took four of our passports, stamped and returned three and then shouted “Next.” He actually did smile a bit when he realized his mistake.
Next customs and biosecurity where we proudly presented them our properly packaged sausage and the certificate for inspection.
The officer replied,
“Where is your import license and vet certificate?”
Drama, drama, drama
A quick sausage inspection (they looked at the frozen vacuum packs) and we were given two choices: They could destroy the meat or we could bring it back with us to New Zealand when we leave, and they would only charge us $12 to store our sausages.
Drama, drama, drama
We noticed everyone else was gone, even the shops were closing.
They were still thinking about it. They went off to the back room and finally returned. By now an hour has passed since we disembarked the plane.
“We have made a decision. You can keep your meat, but we will keep your details. Next time you come into Fiji we will know you know the rules. “
We did enjoy our BBQ Sausages with our friends. (I am taking the photo):
Another shot I got earlier that evening (now a poster):
I have just opened a new on-line Zazzle store for my Fiji photos and graphics, check it out at Fiji Fun!
How about you, do you bring your sausage on vacation?