Photo Friday: Kitty in the Kava Bowl

Posted by Ted on May 18, 2012 in Photography, Travel

What some may not realize is that Fiji is not an island, but an archipelago of over 300 islands. We chose the third largest, Taveuni, so that we might dive the Great White Wall.

Of the two places we stayed at, the first was by far the best. Coconut Grove was easy, beautiful, and made us feel at home. The toasted coconut bread in the morning certainly didn’t hurt.

Some nights, guests would join a couple of musicians around the kava bowl, taking turns drinking brown sludge out of a hollowed out coconut. The sludge tasted about how it looked, and it was supposed to give you a warm buzz. Mostly, it made me feel tired. The custom was to ask for ‘low tide’ for half a cup, or ‘high tide’ for a full cup.

During the day, however, the kava bowl served a different purpose.

(Related photos of Fiji can be found here.)

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. He is also managing editor for Rolf Potts' Vagabonding, where he curates a Case Study series. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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