Fiji: Museum of Fiji

Thankfully, we had something small planned after our first day of classes: The Museum of Fiji. This is apparently the only museum in Fiji, and although it is bigger than I expected, it is quite small with only a couple of rooms. The museum holds examples of Fijian boat work as well as old artifacts and Fijian animals on display. It was all really interesting to me, as I was one of the few who really took the time to read up on a majority of the information. Below are some of the pieces displayed in the museum:

Double hull canoe
Billable house raft- used for transporting produce
Ratu Finau-the name of this 1913 double-hull canoe
Drua model canoe
House post (1935)

After the museum, we had a long night of relaxing. I caught up on writing, although I probably should have been reviewing my notes from class. We finally had a home-cooked Fijian meal, which consisted of fish in a coconut sauce, an eggplant and onion dish, chicken, breadfruit, taro root and watermelon. It was all tasty, and the bread fruit and taro root both had a mild taste. It was fantastic. Walter (our dad) even got us some chocolate chip ice cream because Jordan said she was craving it.

Taro and breadfruit on either side of the salad

I already don’t want to leave our homestay family, but luckily I still have a few more days with them.


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