Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
141Trip End Dec 15, 2005
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I walk east along the only road towards Naqara and Somosomo, two villages about 3k north of my resort. The walk is rather quiet with only occasional taxis and cars whizzing past me. The village settlement is just a strip of small shops and a short building housing the only bank on the island
I figure out that all of the cheap food is next door and grab some good tasting fish and chips for F$4. I read more of "Congo", while at the same time wondering what I'll do the rest of the day. That question is soon answered as I'm invited to attend a wedding on the island halfway across the straits. Around 2:30, we motorboat over to the island with the groom, a guy about 30 years old from New York. It soon occurs to me that this is probably the easiest planned wedding ever. Short of a thunderstorm or solar eclipse, really nothing could possibly go wrong. There is no wedding party, and only about 5 guests from the resort are in attendance along with about 10 staff. Half of the staff are dressed as traditional warriors and fill a role similar to that of a wedding party
In the evening, the staff performs a traditional Meki, or Fijian dance. Most of it looks like what you see on TV, traditional islander dances, I suppose. With the music and all, its a lot of fun. The Fijians love a drink called Kava, made by mixing ground up Kava root and tap water in a wooden bowl. It looks exactly like muddy water and tastes about the same. It's not alcoholic, but contains some sedative qualities like alcohol. After a drink or two of it, its rather easy to fall asleep, which I didn't bother fighting.