OOPS!  I actually did forget.  But not to worry, I’ll catch you up.

Rob and I were not going to miss out on the opportunity to see one of the most desirable vacation destinations of the world so we went out on a limb, entrusting a private driver to show us around the city of Suva.  We had a great time, driving through the lush jungle landscape to visit the tribal community of Navatuvula Village.  It’s a bit of a show for tourists – they dress up, perform ancient customs and dance, and smile for the camera.  In no way was it bare bones either – plenty of buildings on site to support the growing community.  After the lovely dance performance, we even got to try a Kava drink, a uniquely mud-like tasting liquid that actually made my tongue go numb.  It’s normally a sedative and an anesthetic – interesting.  I wouldn’t not recommend it…

We moved on from the village to stop at a quaint little waterfall.  Well I guess it wasn’t that little, it just didn’t have a strong surge.  Although not in a fantastic area, we couldn’t resist the temptation.  In an effort to cool off and be spontaneous, we went for a swim under the gentle trickle of the fall, braving the chill and goofing off in the attempt to score just one appealing photo from our rapidly dying battery.  We kind of did…

After our swim, we enjoyed the scenic route back to the ship in all of its green glory.  It turns out that our driver cheaped us out on another stop.  I can’t actually remember what it was now but it allowed us some time to walk around the port town a bit.  There was a lot happening that day – a fruit and veggie market, and lots of vendors waiting for the souvenir-starved tourist to pick their crafts.  Once away from that first busy road, the locals didn’t harass as much, in fact we had a delicious peaceful meal of curry at the mall…mmmm!

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