Tonight I went to a kava ceremony, kava is an intoxicating drink made from the roots of a local plant and its consumption is a sacred part of Fijian culture. As the Alpha, I was nominated to be the acting chief. I had a special bowl, whilst the others had to share a bowl. No-one could drink until after me, and everyone had to clap three times whenever I drank. I am now a member of the village.

The immediate effect of the drug was a numb mouth (and taste of dirty soapy water). After a little while I began to feel a bit more relaxed but that’s all. Tristan claimed to be able to see jellyfish behind his eyelids, but he might have been fooling himself.

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