Lautoka was a pleasant surprise—so lush and green and the people were very friendly. Our tour took us to a community center where we were greeted by a group of locals who sang and danced for us. As is the custom in this part of the world, our bus elected a chief, who spoke for us after the local chief welcomed us. This was also a kava ceremony, which is a local drink that’s supposed to have quite a kick. Since I wasn’t quite sure how kava is distilled (it’s probably gluten-free, but I’m not 100% certain), I passed. There were a number of others in our group who tried it.
The tour then went to a local village where we walked around, saw the local church, and had an unexpected surprise. Inside the church were some of the locals. Two of their little girls were practicing one of the songs we’d heard at the kava ceremony not more than an hour before. They had voices like angels and those of us who were in the church were enthralled by how beautifully they sang.
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