The Spell of the South Sea

Alma M. Karlin was the Slovenian 'hipster' of worldwide travellers.  She did the eight-year-long journey around the world way before everyone else thought it was 'cool'. When I opened her book, named The Spell of the South Sea, some of her feellings from travelling around Fijian islands sounded so familiar.

One night Fijians from Kadavu kindly invited me to drink kava with them. While they were singing, my drumming palms were burning.  Here is the song:

Whistling Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus layardi), endemic to the island of Kadavu, Fiji.

Whistling Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus layardi), endemic to the island of Kadavu, Fiji.

Rainforest, Kadavu.

Rainforest, Kadavu.

Dwarf minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). only seen around Ribbon reef #10. at Great Barrier Reef, at the end of June each winter.

Dwarf minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). only seen around Ribbon reef #10. at Great Barrier Reef, at the end of June each winter.

The Potato Cod (Epinephelus tukula) is a native fish in Australia.

The Potato Cod (Epinephelus tukula) is a native fish in Australia.