Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
1Trip End Jan 12, 2007
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Bula is the Fijian for Hello You must say it with a big Bula smile aswell.
we have been here for a week now and have been quite busy touring round the main island. we have been away with a travel company called FEEJEE experience. this is how the country fiji was originally spelled by captain cook when he landed here. it was later changed to Fiji by the British.
there are 2 main groups of people who live on the island. the Fijians 52% and the indians 40%. the rest is made up of other minority groups. the country has a population of 930,000.
we were a bit worried about coming here because of the coup thats happening but there is no trouble over here
Fiji is now a christian country but before this religion was introduced they were cannibles!
the favourite drink over here is Kava - it is made from a plant and then ground up and mixed with water. it isnt alcoholic but makes you really relaxed. it would be illegal in england and the USA.. They hold Kava Ceremonies every afternoon here. in the villages the chief leads the ceremony but if its just at your house the man of the house does it. ladies are looked upon as second class over here. It is tradition that before you take the Kava that you clap once and shout BULA, then you need to down it in one and after you give the bowl back you should clap twice.
Anyway enough of the history.
We have been rafting down muddy rivers in tubes, trekking through the rainforest, waterfalls and streams, visiting local villages and an orphanage. Seen where celebrity love island is made, sandboarding
its really hot here at the moment even tho its their rainy season. it starts to rain at about 4pm for a couple of hours. its about 40 degrees here during the day. we have air con in our room so its fine at night. im starting to get used to sharing our room with lizards but they still make me jump when i see one. we have seen so many frogs. i nearly stepped on one yesterday on the way home from the mudpools.
all the people are so friendly. they are known as the friendliest people in the world and up until now that is so true. as you drive through villages all the villagers are sitting around and they shout Bula to you. when you walk past a bus full of people they all shout the same. they have such simple lives and they are all so happy. the villages are all self sufficient. they have no need for money. everyone has their position in the village. they still have a chief. the one we met is the chief for 5 villages and each one has about 300 people. if you see something - like a tree or animal standing alone - you must great it by saying Bula - just so it doesnt feel alone.
here is some vocab
venaka - thankyou. venaka vaka levu - thankyou very much. senga na lenga - no worries. mothay - bye bye
think thats all for now, its time to go back to the beach