Camping on the beach & finally KAVA!!!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2010

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Friday, January 25, 2008

BULA! H of HI:
John also took us camping on our last night with him, which is pretty cool, since we were paying to stay at Club Masa and  he had to forego a third night's pay to do so. While the club is not really busy, Marcus allows him to keep all the revenue that comes in, since he can't afford to pay him a salary right now. We paid for the cab rides and the beer,  he  provided the sausages & Kava.
I of HI:  Camping in Fiji - 2 tents, a bag of buns and a tray of sausages.  Literally, that's it.  Before Heath and I had put down our packs, John had set up 2 tents and started a massive bonfire of bamboo and driftwood.  Incredible!  I picture us camping in Colorado, making multiple trips to and from the cars with armloads of gear, and all the stuff and setup and the extravagant meals and cooking utensils.  As the night grew, the fire burned down and slowly outwards in a glowing circle as it gently spread out among the driftwood, and the full moon rose over the water. 

H of HI:  This was our first experience of kava. Kava is very big in Fiji. It's hard to describe. It's the roots of a plant, they boil, then dry then pound them into powder.  It's sold in markets and used in a traditional Fiji celebration type ceremany. I think it's impossible to leave Fiji without ending up in at least a small ceremony. The ritual side of it is very cool, you put the kava into a thin sheet type material over a big kava bowl. 2-4 people hold the corners and one person pours water over the kava, while another rubs the kava around with the water to filter it into the kava bowl like a tea bag. Once the kava bowl is full, they say some ceremonial words, clap three times and say BULA!, as they hand you a coconut shell full of kava (high tide usually for guys and low tide/half full for the girls). You chug it, then you say "Vinaka" or "ahh Mathaaaa." Fijians love their kava, but many say it makes people lazy, so they try to only do it on special occasions.

Kava does not taste, good, but it grows on you. I never noticed any real different effect from it because we had it with some beers which definitely made the experience nice cause HI loves some beer! You drink Kava like slamming your beer, which John made us do as well with the beer when the Kava was gone. We had a big BLOATED awesome buzz by the time we were done...then passed out fat & happy.

The next morning we said goodbye to our Club Masa friends and took a bus back to Nadi to figure out how to get to Bukuya, no longer Kava virgins.
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Where I stayed
In a tent 15 feet from the water or at high tide, 5 feet!!
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