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Viti Levu, Fiji

September 2011

[See the complete album here.]

The untold want, by life

and land ne’er granted,

Now, Voyager, sail thou

forth, to seek and find.

–Walt Whitman

I’m back! In September I got a job with the new Anthropologie store that opened in downtown Washington, D.C. and the holiday season was absolute madness! And then the day before Christmas I was promoted to Visual Sales Associate. I’m so excited for where these opportunities are going to take me!

But I haven’t stopped traveling, of course. I’ve been to Fiji, Barcelona, and Thailand and have a trip to Stockholm booked for the first weekend in February (my birthday weekend!). I have recently picked up sorting and editing my pictures from these trips also and have just finished Fiji (except for the roadtrip to Suva, that’s going to take a bit more time…) and pictures from Thailand are almost done as well. I didn’t take too many pictures in Barcelona because 1, I was pretty sick for the entire trip, 2, we spent most of our time visiting friends and EATING anyway, and 3, the city was SO packed with tourists we weren’t in the mood to stand in hours-long lines and didn’t see ANY museums. :-/ Another reason to take advantage of those low, off-season fares!

So for now, here’s beautiful, incomparable Fiji!

{the wananavu resort band played at every meal, and they were brilliant!}

{my one true love: the Bligh Burger}

{the view from our villa}

Stay tuned for Thailand & Barcelona, and I still have to get Prague up. Happy travels! xx

See more of my pictures of Fiji here!

[Pictures taken at Wananavu Beach Resort and Dreamview Villas, in Fiji.]

[All pictures taken and edited by me; pictures of me taken by Scott Zaban.]

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As August trucks on, I’m getting more and more excited for my next trips. September is going to be my month in sun with two trips to gorgeous, tropical destinations: Hawai’i and Fiji! I’ve just finished getting together my reading list of books inspired by these places…

 

Hawai’i:

+ Hawaii: a novel, by James A. Michener

+ I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai’i, by Susanna Moore—memoir of an American writer who grew up in Hawai’I; an entry in the National Geographic series that publishes author’s reminiscences about a specific area of the world.

+ The George Eliot Murders, by Edith Skom—literate and entertaining murder mystery set at the Royal Aloha Hotel in Honolulu.

 

Fiji:

+ On Fiji Islands, by Ronald Wright—personal memoir & travelogue

+ Return to Paradise, by James A. Michener—sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific

+ Maya, Jostein Gaarder—by the author of Sophie’s World

+ The Sailmaker’s Daughter, by Stephanie Johnson—set in early 20th century colonial Fiji

 

Et cetera:

+ Blue Latitudes, by Tony Horwitz—A New York Times Bestseller

+ Tales of the South Pacific, by James A. Michener—Pulitzer Prize winning book & basis for Rogers & Hammerstein musical & movie, The South Pacific

 

Does anyone have any additional suggestions for Hawai’i- and Fiji-inspired literature?

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