Saturday, August 25, 2007

Summer 2007 Fiji Study Abroad- A Photo Essay

(UAB group at the USP bure with Dr. Thomas)

Six UAB students, an electronics expert, and a nurse joined me this summer for two weeks in Fiji. Our group visited the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and Taveuni for days of hiking, swimming, snorkeling and learning about Fiji’s past and present. We were hosted at the University of the South Pacific by Professor Frank Thomas and had opportunities to visit the Fiji Museum, colonial Suva—Fiji’s capital, Savusavu, and many parks and villages on Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

(Our first hike started out nice enough at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes on Viti Levu- everyone is looking fresh before the wrong turn...)

(The Sigatoka Dunes, a vast sandy landscape rich in history)

(Catherine and Chris' first Fijian meal of parrotfish in fresh coconut milk, cassava and Fiji Water)

(The group at the Fiji Museum)

(Part of the Museum's cannibalism display-the bones of human's were sometimes put in trees after they were cannibalized; note the cannibal forks and bone needles in the back)

(After a couple of days in Suva we were ready for a break from the city. We headed to Taveuni where I took this photo of a house garden at Tovutovu)

(Taveuni's Bouma Park and lower waterfall)

(Qeleni Village tour. Our guide, Anna explains how the pandanus leaves are drying in the sun and will be used by the women of the village to make mats)

(The feast in Naselesele Village)

(Girls performing a traditional Fijian meke or dance that followed our feast in Naselesele Village)

(Catherine and her video camera made a splash in the village)

(Madison partakes in a yaqona or kava ceremony in Qeleni Village)

(Yaqona drying in the sun)

(Masi or barkcloth for sale on Taveuni)

(Dinner of a kick-ass curry at the Curry Hut)

(The wasp found on someone's plate at the Kick-ass Curry Shack)

(A woman fishing in the inshore area of Taveuni at the North end of the island)

(The ferry ride from Taveuni to Vanua Levu)

(The world's happiest "No Smoking" sign, found on Grace Ferry)

(Hike to Lomaloma waterfall on Vanua Levu)

(Lower Bouma falls)