I had been dreaming of going to Tahiti for as long as I can remember. I had to see those beautiful beaches and jagged peaks with my own eyes! The chance finally came, and it was even more amazing than I could’ve imagined. The sparkling turquoise waters with the contrast of the protruding jungle-green jagged mountains, overwater bungalows, gorgeous sunsets, and fabulous rich flavors were all magical! But even more amazing and unexpected were the gracious and welcoming locals, and learning of the wonders of their lush vegetation, especially their hidden treasures such as the Tiare flower (Gardenia tahitensis).