Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
45Trip End May 06, 2007
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We also went past the grave of Fiji's biggest canniball eater. There were 99 skulls around the house perimeter!! Back in the day the Feejee islands were actually known as the 'Canniball Islands', something which does not go on anymore
Then we arrived at Sabeto Hotpools. As with everything else in Fiji, these have been left in their natural state... so the mudpool is basically a big hole in the grass dug down and full of thick mud. As I got in you kind of just sink down feeling it all squelch in your toes. It was quite full of sticks too. Then as we were merrily plastering ourselves in the stuff (people pay a fortune for mud posh mud treatments!) we then heard a rather loud 'MOOOOOOO', so turned round and there was a cow right next to us. Hmmm, I hope this is all just mud I'm slapping on my face..!
They call cows in Fiji 'bullamacows'. The story behind this we were told is when Westerners arrived, they introduced cows to the islands to help them sustain themselves and told them that they were cows. Later they brought some bulls over (to help re-populate the cows) and told them they were called bulls. But the Fijians were confused as they had been told they were called cows, so they opted for a mixture of the two. Hence, bullamacow!
Following the mud pool we were then able to wash off in some natural hot pools and my skin felt lovely and soft from the mud treatment
So my experience of Fiji was absolutely incredible. Like nowhere else I have ever experienced I hope to be able to come back one day!