Fresh coconut milk and rourou for palusami.
Food, photography, Video

Video: Fijian Lovo

  Giving you a remix, folks. We celebrated American Thanksgiving in Fiji in November 2019. I did a previous post about it, but I wasn't satisfied with the look of the gallery, so I made a video slideshow to better illustrate the lovo. For a higher resolution version, go to my YouTube page.

Food

Drink This Beer: Lion Stout

We found the Sri Lankan Lion Stout last weekend at our local supermarket, and I'm thrilled that this beer has made its way into Fiji. The beer here tends to be low alcohol. My guess is that's the case because the government frowns upon heavy drinking. There is a heavy sin tax on hard liquor.… Continue reading Drink This Beer: Lion Stout

Koro Sun ocean bure
Adventure

Hotel Recommendation: Koro Sun, Savusavu, Fiji

We just returned from a trip to Savusavu, on the southern coast of the island of Vanua Levu. Coming here is like arriving at a secret travel destination. The airport comprises a shack next to a small landing strip, and the planes coming and going are like flying mini-vans. Savusavu is a small town with… Continue reading Hotel Recommendation: Koro Sun, Savusavu, Fiji

FijiFirst banner Samabula
Adventure, photography

Photo Essay: Fiji Day

  Fijians celebrate their Independence Day on October 10, which is called Fiji Day. The country became an independent nation in 1970, after having been under British colonial rule since 1874. These photos are slices of life in Fiji's capital city of Suva during Fiji Day 2019. I shot them with my new Canon T7.

Fiji_Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay

The First Year in Fiji

It's been a little over a year since we moved to Fiji. It was not a smooth transition. I arrived with a certain set of expectations that the initial reality did not live up to. Moving to a new environment blurs the boundaries of your world. You are forced to deal with new situations that… Continue reading The First Year in Fiji