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Welcomes never cease on Fiji

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The view from the writer’s bure on Yasawa Island, Fiji.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A mouthwatering meal of ceviche, fish stew and taro leaf washed down with a mango soursop smoothie at Tu’s Place in Fiji’s third-largest city, Nadi.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A deserted cove on Yasawa.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Village men from nearby Bukama on Yasawa Island prepare kava, a brewed ceremonial drink served communally which leaves drinkers’ tongues numb and causes drowsiness.

Flying across the Pacific pond and disembarking in Fiji’s third largest city, Nadi, I found myself continuously looking over my shoulder. Read more

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