During my Kava Ceremony experience, part of Sigatoka River Safari, I ventured into a Fijian village. It was here that I found my home in Fiji and I will always remember my family there. Every child in the village had a smile on his or her face. They were outside and active without being glued to a TV screen or a worrying about internet access. They were friendly and welcoming and proud of their village. It was a beautiful, innocent way to view life. One particular little girl, Mary, took a liking to me and we shared several moments together. We made up a hand clapping game where we added more and more steps until one of us forgot what came next. We both found complete happiness in the simplest game and the afternoon flew by in a blink.
Quickly, I could see how the simplicity of it all was one of the biggest draws to Fiji. Interacting with the village children reminded me that the people of Fiji are what make it special. Children are being taught values and respect and they are growing up with those cultural connections. Smiling, generous, and relaxed, Fijians greet you and everyone they meet with their famous and welcoming ‘Bula’. They are not afraid to wear their heart on their sleeve and love one another.