Not in Asia then? Thankfully. A very big thanks to all for concerns expressed. [Note 13/03/09. The tsumami in Asia had just happened as I wrote this email]
That was a long time down under in New Zealand. Seeing family, plus attending a lady’s 50th wedding anniversary party. Dad was at her wedding in 1954, while on his travels.
Plus pushing her boundaries, trying new things. Sailing a Laser 2 (Olympic class boat). Tried out a seabiscuit (inflatable tube pulled along by a speedboat). And kneeboarding.
They do say God loves a trier. Have to say I won’t be trying the kneeboarding again. I’d probably need surgery afterwards.
And now? Still down under? Have been happily marooned (mostly) on outer islands in Fiji, including one called Robinson Crusoe. The resident cat there is called Friday.
So it’s all blue seas, sky and friendly locals?(sounds like her last package holiday)
Not when one of the islands you get stranded on overnight means sleeping in a (full) 30 – bed dorm, uncertain shower water supply, with beer cheaper than water, and unhelpful staff.
There must be some good stuff. Sitting in a hammock, sand between your toes, South Pacific ocean lapping on the shore, sky full of stars through the palms. Sleeping on the beach under the stars. Seeing a baby reef shark for the first time, out snorkelling. Well now, let me see……….
She’s definitely on Fiji time then. Am having difficulty knowing what day it is, let alone write this.
The sunshine must be a welcome change from bad weather in New Zealand. Sure is, despite the odd cyclone passing through (the Pacific, not specifically Fiji). We get the windy bits from that.
What is kava really like? (And has she been downing truckloads?) Not like orange juice anyway, like you’re told. It looks like muddy water. Feels like local anaesthetic in your mouth, nice and chilled out. Not so much buzz. (And no, not loads)
This is all totally legal? Sure is. If you wish to visit a village, it’s proper protocol to bring some for the village chief. There is also a ceremony for drinking it called sevusevu.
Unlike the bootleg beer then? Store in Nadi stop selling beer at 1pm on Saturdays. Unless you know the right people.
She must be using something else for sustenance. Fresh coconut, and nearly ripe mango in a sweet/salt liquid, are amazing. And raw Emperor fish. As I discovered after watching one of the local lads eat this same one I caught, raw, sitting in the ocean.
Polynesian dance lessons might be pushing the boundaries alright. Sure did. It’s nowhere near as easy as it looks. But I gave it a go anyway.
What does FIJI stand for? Fun In Jungle Island.