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"Bula" from Fiji.

 Coral Coast, Fiji

Coral Coast, Fiji

 Sunset on Fiji

Sunset on Fiji

Bula in Fijian means hello. After a whirlwind tour of the USA it was a nice change of pace to experience island living. Not to mention the monumental flight which took off on 08/10/16 from Los Angeles and only arriving in Fiji on 10/10/16 due to crossing the international date line as a result my body clock was really messed up. However, with clear water and white sandy beaches what else would one need. Everything here happens on "Fiji Time" which meant everything is done on a slower pace, allowing for a very laid back lifestyle. The only thing to do is to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Fiji is in the South Pacific Ocean and is an archipelago made out of more than 300 islands. Fiji is framed by a rugged shore line with palm tree-lined beaches and clear water lagoons.

 Kava Ceremony  

Kava Ceremony  

The Fijians will tell you that you would not have truly been to Fiji 'till you have taken part in a Kava ceremony and drank Kava.  Kava is made from the roots of the Kava plant by grinding up the roots and straining them through water. Kava drinking is an essential part Fiji's culture. Kava ceremonies are held to bring groups of people together. When someone visits a village here in Fiji, the visitor will bring Kava and the community will come together to mix the Kava. The elder or chief of the village will always have the first bowl of Kava followed by the rest of the community, using a communal bowl. Before drinking a bowl of kava during a ceremony, one must clap once and say "Bula" before finishing the whole bowl in one go. After finishing the bowl of kava, one must clap three times and say "Vinaka" to give thanks. After the ceremony is completed then everyone can start feasting or dancing.

 Reflection on the sea. 

Reflection on the sea. 

Kava can also be drunk socially and it is a popular choice of drink among the Fijians...after lunch, work or a get-together of friends and family. I was lucky enough to attend a Kava ceremony at the resort that I was staying in. The taste of Kava is very earthy and not unpleasant. If you go on the internet there are a lot of misconceptions about Kava. Some people will confuse Kava with the hallucinogenic drink from the Amazon called Ayuhuasca. I need to say that Kava does not give you visions or put you on a trance. The effects of Kava is very mild, after a couple of bowls you might feel your tongue getting numb and if taken in large quantities it will make you feel relaxed and sleepy. This could be attributed to the slow paced Island living and resulting in the invention of "Fiji time".