Hail to the Chief

Trip Start Jun 25, 2003
Trip End Sep 2004

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Sunday, July 13, 2003

That's right you are now looking at the new chief, it's taken a while but I've finally gotten the recognition I deserve. Janice and I just got back from Camp Waya Lai Lai, not really a camp but with its rustic bathrooms and indoor bug safari everynight it was a bit like summer camp on a little island(begin humming Gilligan's Island theme now). It is a beautiful little place in the Yasawa chain of islands in Fiji, nice beach, palm trees friendly locals, all very nice. The big news while we were there was Janice finished here PADI open water diver course and is enthusiastic about diving more, now if I can only get her to eat her peas. The bigger news was we made a trip to the local village where we were treated to a Kava ceremony, Kava is a drink made from a root with a mild narcotic effect. For the ceremony a chief needed to be picked from the visiting Gringos, and guess what your's truley was made head Gringo - I think they recognized my natural leadership tendacies not to mention my striking good looks. So there I was seated across from the village chief in my new role as KING GRINGO and drinking Kava, unfortunately the most I got from the Kava was a numb tongue - I think Brad's Mead was better, I expect a mead ceremony upon my return to Chicago.
So now that I have given up my title and left the island - leaving it for the better during my reign during which I imposed numerous reforms to the penal system - we are back in Nadi getting ready for more beach time and scuba diving. Unfortunatley internet time is quite pricey for us backpackers here in the South Pacific so please understand if replies to all your gracious emails are delayed, and please from now on refer to me as Chief Gringo (any day now Janice is going to come around and call me by my rightfull title I'm sure of it).
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