Today is Fiji Day, commemorating the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1970. This card was sent to me last winter by my friend Sam when he was vacationing in New Zealand and Fiji.


Castaway Island is a private resort island in the Mamanuca Island group. It is known by Fijians as Qalito.

This is my first card from Fiji, and probably my last. There are only 858,000 people who live there, and only 9 Postcrossing members at the moment. Here is the stamp Sam used, showing a Petroica multicolor, the Pacific Robin.