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Some Pictures from Lautoka, Fiji

Some shots from Lautoka, Fiji, including: orchids from the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, created by Raymond Burr of Perry Mason fame; local traders showing their wares, and the house of a village Chief.

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Just a note about cannibalism, in case you are interested.  Our guide in Fiji told  us that the reason cannibalism was practiced in Fiji was because of the belief that if you did not consume the person you wanted to kill (your rival or enemy), that person’s spirit  would just be transferred to his sibling, […]

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Fiji – day 2

Lautoka, Fiji                                                                Feb 9, 2016 5pm local time Today is a day that justifies a trip half way round the globe – it has been beautiful, informative and interesting, and eye-opening. We have seen how old and different parts of the world and cultures co-exist with new and familiar ones, all on one island. Dawn […]

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Postscript to Samoa “coastal walk”

Happy news after the big outing in Samoa –  the Crystal folks, within about 20 minutes after the first guests returned from the “coastal walk,” advised everyone on that trip that a partial refund was already processed, so no one would pay more than 50% for that trip.   Helped to establish that the early […]

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Fiji – day 1

Yasawa-I-Rara Island, Fiji                                  Monday, February 8, 2014* *We are now a day ahead of USA We landed today in Fiji on one of the northwest islands of Fiji, Yasawa-I-Rara. I’ll let Joe’s pictures do all the talking – words […]

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Samoa Feb 5, 2016

Apia, Samoa                                                                                       February 5, 2016 Today we landed before Noon in Apia (Samoa’s capital) and spent the afternoon seeing parts of the Island of Upolu. This is a lovely island, and reminded us of St Martin/St Maarten many years ago, before it was developed to its current extent – jagged lava mountains rise high in […]

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