Discovering the real Fiji

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hello again,

Thank you very much for all of you who sent us a Congratulations email :-) .... we have been relaxing after the exciting evening of Lyndsey's birthday.

On the 30th of May we relaxed the whole day and in the evening we saw a fire-dance which was performed by a local tribe of Fijians. 

The next day we woke up and went to relax at the pool before Lynds had to try the hammock (hangmat) ...... and after 10 minutes we decided to go on a paddle-boat ... and must say was really nice but also really exhausting...when we came back Jeff was breathless and we had a drink at the pool bar. At 10:30 we saw Matthew (taught us about Fijian food and culture) and he invited to teach us about the local drink called Yaqona (Kava for the rest of the world) and this is a drink which is really special to the Fijians and is drank to welcome new people and to resolve any problems with others and to get ''drunk'' ... Kava is made from a plant which they grow in their backyard and after 4-5 years the roots are being harvested, washed, dried and squashed into a powder. Then you mix the powder with water which results in a light brown drink which contains no alcohol but the effects of the Kava are a numb tongue and lips... and this is only after the first glass :-) ... if you drink more you get really happy and everybody wants to talk...we only had one glass but bought some Kava to take home...

At 13:00 we went on a tour to a Fijian village, woodworkers and a school....our first stop was at a local shop were woodworkers were busy shaping wood into various objects, after this we went on an were taken into the village were the guide explained about the Fijian way of life...I can say it short: they are lazy!!! but because there is no benefit system they can choose to work and earn some money for a better life or do nothing and drink Kava all day and worry about nothing...this is possible because they have the sea for the fish and the forrest for their fruits and vegetables. It was nice to learn something about them and see how they live.

An hour later we left the village and headed to the Kovoinasau Primary school...driving up the dirt road for 30 minutes (some of these children have to walk 2 hours each day to get there)  we arrived and where welcomed by 77 children all exited to show what there school was all about. We started at the first grade and went on to the next were we had a chat with two girls, Eva and Manuella who explained us what the were learning and it seamed that they learn the same as what we learn at that age... ending up in the school hall were they performed dances and singing songs and at the end we joined the snake dance and laughed with the children (this was great)....

This trip is done at the end of the day so is does not interfere to much with there education. We left with a big smile....


Lynds and Jeff

Ps: this was our last blog from Fiji :-)  (en andries we proberen je email te beantwoorden maar ik krijg elke keer een bericht dat het niet verzonden kan worden.....bedankt voor de felicitatie :-)
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