Surviving the Coup in Fiji

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  12.07.06 | 2:49 PM ET

imageCBS is in the midst of filming another series of “Survivor” shows in Fiji, where a military coup has just occurred. Will the show’s production be affected? Apparently not. It is “Survivor,” after all. A CBS spokesman told the Associated Press: “Our producers on location have been assured by the Fiji military that we are safe on the remote island where we are filming and that our cast and crew will be permitted to leave the country safely when the show wraps production.” If they’re lucky, they might even be able to find a completely ridiculous “I Survived Rebel Coup in Fiji” T-shirt, as I did when I visited the country during a coup in 2000. One tip: Ask one of the cashiers in the shops at Nadi Airport. If your experience is like mine, they’ll quietly pull the T-shirts out of the back—contraband, apparently—and sell them for cash only. I still wear mine—the front is pictured above—with pride.

Photo by Jim Benning.

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