April 23, 2000 |
Work a little, rest a lot. Don't worry about your weight. Swim with your clothes on and forget about being punctual. Don't ask why. This is just the way things are in the Kingdom of Tonga, a place as topsy-turvy as a book by Dr. Seuss. A tiny island nation with few tourists (mostly New Zealanders) and served by only one major international airline, it is way, way off the beaten path. In fact, I doubt most people could say where Tonga is, even if a million-dollar jackpot depended on it.
February 11, 2001 |
Of course you know New Caledonia. It's the site of one of the world's largest barrier reefs. Not ringing a bell? Perhaps geography will help: New Caledonia is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, halfway between Australia and Fiji. Not clear yet? Maybe a history reminder will help: Capt. James Cook named New Caledonia in 1774 for his native Scottish highlands. No? OK, try this: It was the place where the men of "McHale's Navy," the 1960s TV sitcom, talked about going for R&R.