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Fiji

An April 2002 trip to Fiji by whirledtraveler

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Quote: Fiji is such an amazing place that the pictures speak for themselves.

Fiji

Overview

easy photography Photo, Fiji, South Pacific
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Fondest Memory: The friendliness of the people. Almost everyone we met in Fiji greeted us with a smile, and it was common for locals to come up and chat to us as we walked along the road. We met some amazing people and learned a lot about Fiji from just chatting to people we met along the way. I've never been anywhere where the people are all so consistently nice and happy.

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Kava Kava Kava

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Attraction

A kava plant Photo, Fiji, South Pacific
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Kava is the local drink!! It comes from the plant and is pounded into a fine powder then mixed with water. It is drunk at every important event!! Kava is used elsewhere in the world as a herbal "prozac."

The joke in Fiji is if you are on your honeymoon, do not drink Kava, because you will be too numb to "honeymoon."

There is a ritual that goes with the kava drinking. One claps their hands three times, quickly drinks the bitter liquid (from a coconut shell) then claps three times again. Immediately, your lips go numb. It depends on what your tolerance is as to how quickly the rest of you goes numb after that!! This drink is not for the weak.

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General tips

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Story/Tip

flowers  Photo, Fiji, South Pacific
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1. Visit a Fijian church. We went to a church and sat on the matted floor with the locals. It was a fantastic experience and we met a lot of people, from whom we were able to learn a lot about the country. We even got an invite back to a village, where we had kava and an amazing meal with some people we met. That was possibly the most rewarding experience we had. 2. Fondest Memory: The friendliness of the people. Almost everyone we met in Fiji greeted us with a smile and it was common for locals to come up and chat to us as we walked along the road. We met some amazing people and learned a lot about Fiji by just chatting with people we met along the way. I've never been anywhere where the peopl...Read More