“Mi no save” (I don´t Know) …Take the English to the simplest way, so simple that it’s difficult to learn, that’s “Pidgin” to what they call “broken English”. Seeing also the influence of different languages, together with the local wealth, result in something almost tribal and with multiple variants. In the early days, I’ve learned some basic words and phrases, and gradually I understand something else when I hear about in the office, on the street, on the bus or in the market. One more aspect that transforms their culture in something singular and different.
It’s interesting to see how there is a turn in many cultural aspects, turning 10 hours forward clockwise. A world in which development and human impact step back, revealing the wealth of natural and cultural resources that the country has. It has also been in the early days when there has been the first contact. Discovering a very characteristic concept of family. Families with 4, 6 or 10 children as the most natural, and family meetings which you can’t follow the family tree. Homes where it’s easy to feel like one part of them. Stories full of tradition and legends, myths and magic, beliefs and religions that make you hooked and want to discover more every day.
It’s the culture of barefoot, still unconscious, often, the value of the land they walk. The culture of coconut and tuna, matrilineal or patrilineal clans, the “no stress” and eternal happiness, a culture of sea and jungle, intriguing and savage culture at the same time.
Clearly the difference is wealth, and to learn, compare and evaluate is part of the experience. Not everyone has the opportunity to experience life on the other side of the world, and who you don’t expect, who sits next to you on the bus or in the office, who sells you the fruit in the market or who shares dinner with you , wisdom and closeness of the elderly or innocence and shyness of the child, can make you discover a culture that is worth knowing, that helps you understand the why of things, that brings you a little closer to a very different reality to yours, changing your daily perspective.