Visiting the city of Nadi, Fiji

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Friday, January 22, 2010

What an incredible day. We took a cab to the city of Nadi. After at brief stop at the beautiful Hindu temple we stopped at The Curry House for lunch. The food was great and it was interesting to see some of the customers eating the curry the traditional way, with their hands! After lunch we toured the town  and stopped at a local craft shop for a kava ceremony.Kava is the country's traditional drink made from the kava root. It affects the nervous system by numbing the tongue and calming the body. The ceremony is conducted by mixing the pulverized root with water and through a series of claps each person is served the drink . It looks and tastes like dirty water. John and I only had one bowl but we were told after about 10 bowls you are very relaxed and ready to sleep. Our "host" also pointed out the weapons behind us that were representations of those used by his cannibal ancestors over 100 years ago for killing their human prey. It was a bit intimidating to say the least! We purchased a Fijian fork (greatly overpriced) as a remembrance of our experience. After leaving the shop we headed to the local produce market. People were sitting along the street selling all kinds of different fruits and vegetables.There was everything from beautiful Japanese eggplants to live chickens to taro root.  John told me that we were both quite a curiosity because of our skin color and because I had on a short blue jean skirt.  Apparently women either wear long skirts or pants. In spite of us being a spectacle, everyone was very friendly  and seemed happy to have me take their picture. It was quite fun getting to see the real Fiji and share some of their culture. More to come.....
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