The last few days have been filled with more amazing adventures and a continued education of this beautiful, collectivistic culture. We took a gorgeous horseback riding trip through the Fijian bush where we found yet another waterfall to play in. Below you'll see my old-lady horse Mimsy and our tour guide Abby. I've made friends with the local band who are sweet as pie. We also hiked a gorgeous trail to some massive sand dunes where we discovered a beautiful beach that is full of driftwood teepees. Tonight we are transitioning to the village next door called Votua Lalai. We will sleep there for the night and then continue our trek to Nadi (pronounced Nandi). Oh yes, and I found Clinton, NJ in Fiji... scroll below to see! Xo! JT
We finally made it to the Coral Coast! It was very sad to leave Suva since we became so close to the staff at Grand Pacific Hotel, but life moves forward, as always. The last few days we have been working AND playing. I included some photos to catch you up to speed. Enjoy! XO! JT
The last three days have been magical, if you believe in that sort of thing. One day was a rope swing in the middle of the Fijian forest, and next we were left stranded on Beqa Island to eat lovo, drink kava, and snorkel. I'll let the photos do the talking...
Miss and love you guys. XO! Jessi
Today was an incredibly special day. My colleagues and I hopped on a bus and took a ride down to a port where we boarded little green motor boats and headed up the Navua River. The landscape was breathtaking. We cruised up the river for about 45 minutes until we reached a little narrow walkway. We followed it to find a gorgeous waterfall with a little watering hole that we proceeded to jump in immediately. It was quite the sight. On the way back we hopped onto a bamboo raft and floated along the river for a while. After this adventure, we headed over to Koromakawa Village where we were greeted as chiefs with the sound of a big drum and the blowing of a conch shell. We started the tour of the village with a visit to the lovo pits where they prepared our food underground (depicted in the photo with the men in the grass skirts). This was followed by a traditional kava ceremony and then they presented us with dance and song. We learned about the village way of life and the masculine-feminine hierarchy. It is truly a beautiful culture that is full of rich tradition and a collectivistic way of life. XO! JT
After a bit of work this morning, I set out to the local markets on the hunt for some photos and crafts. I made friends (as usual) with a few of the kids in the market. We sang some songs together and afterward, they decided to follow me around the market for a while. The eldest of the three had a smile that lit up the whole building. Later, my friends and I popped over to the Fiji museum where I sang with the local Fiji band. Playing music with people is the same no matter where you are in the whole world. I don't need to speak the local language, I just need to speak music. XO! JT