Wednesday, January 24, 2007


My first stop in Fiji was the tiny island of Mana, off the Western Coast. Circumnavigable in 2 hours, I set about to explore. It's home to only 300 people. There's an expensive Japanese-owned resort, an indigenous village with a cheaper backpackers' hostel, and a reality show set, which is very jealously guarded and filmed on the opposite side of the island.

Obstensively hunting for vegetables (I found cassava fields, papaya groves and potato vines) we got high up in the hills. The dogs (Two Spot, Due Spot and Spot) followed 'til we stood South Pacific. Here are some plants we saw, including a papaya tree.