Culture: When we travel, we always try to dive into the culture of wherever we go. You know what they always say..”When in Rome..do as the Romans do.” It’s so interesting to see a blend of 3 cultures combined in Fiji: the native Fijians, the Indo-Fijians, and the Polynesian Fijians, which as you can assume, makes for some amazing food, but I’ll get to that later. The atmosphere is very laid back and the Fijians are so welcoming to their home. Everyone we spoke to was more than happy to share their insights and way of life. One of my favorite things (among many) was learning about the “Tree of Life.” The resort provided a demonstration/history on the “Tree of Life”- the coconut tree. Did you know you can live simply off of a coconut?? You sure can! Coconuts provide different products during the various stages of their lives. For example, when they are green you can drink the water, which is very nutritious. When they are dark brown, the coconut firms on the inside and has almost a spongy texture that you can eat as a snack. Also, you can make coconut milk and coconut oil. We were able to try coconuts at all of their various stages and I certainly have a new appreciation for the coconut.
The Village: We also were taken on a tour of the local village of Naidi. A Fijian tradition when you enter a village is to bring a gift for the chief. Our group brought some Kava (I will talk more about Kava later on). The Fijians don’t spent much time watching TV, but there were a few in the village so the town can watch some futbol (soccer). In Fijian culture, they work together as a village. If a family is having troubles or someone’s house gets damaged in a storm, the village comes together to help each other out. It was very heartwarming to see that everyone cared for one another just like family.