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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Near-death experiences

Posted by Ted on Dec 2, 2009 in Vagabonding

Adventuring has inherent risk that we all accept in theory, but the real test comes when the unexpected actually happens. No matter the situation, the key is always to remain calm, think through what has to happen, and then do it.

This week’s Vagabonding column tells the story of a brush with mother nature on our honeymoon in Fiji last summer.

What death-defying experiences have you had, and how did you get out of them?

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