Friday, October 20, 2006
Big Bure on Vorovoro looking good
The chief's blog on the tribewanted site informs that the big bure (building) on Vorovoro Island is now complete. Photos are here.
The sides are partly open on the bure, by the look, so let's hope the rain and wind don't come in horizontally in the hurricane season! Apparently it has been raining in Fiji nearly every day for the past six weeks. No wonder people are edgy about politics in Suva - not that politics really affects people in Vorovoro!
It seems that there are numerous occasions where the visitors spend time with the local people so this is quite unlike an adventure island/the beach movie/Survivor type of experience where you have the island to yourself and just have to manage. It seems that at every step they take there is interaction with Fijian people and that might be great for some, but annoying for others! Some of the Mali women are pictured here;
They mention getting a Fijian horticulturalist to advise them on planting seeds, etc. They should have done this the very first week and they would have green leafy veggies by now. Cassava and dalo take several months also.
I wonder if the money is still coming in, because their costs must be rather high without subsistence living and growing their own fruit and vegetables, catching fish and other seafoods. If they have to purchase rice etc. in town, then with travel in and out of Labasa the costs will be higher than expected. Part of the deal apparently is that food is free for the tribewanted members who come. So has that worked out okay I wonder.