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Let’s Go Local: Welsh Aims To Cross The International Date Line At Taveuni

United Kingdom Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh is aiming to visit Taveuni and cross the International Date Line soon. Mr Welsh, who was posted here in July last
13 Jan 2021 14:38
Let’s Go Local: Welsh Aims To Cross The International Date Line At Taveuni
United Kingdom Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh (right) wife Jessica (left) and Sophie, and Jack at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island.

United Kingdom Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh is aiming to visit Taveuni and cross the International Date Line soon.

Mr Welsh, who was posted here in July last year lives in Suva with his wife Jessica and 2 children Jack, 7 and Sophie, 5.

He tries to take time out to travel around the country, as a professional and as well as with his family.

“We have been to several resorts on the Coral Coast, Denarau, the Ra Coast, Leleuvia, Levuka and Castaway.

“Professionally I’ve been to Vanua Levu (Labasa and Savusavu), Lautoka, Nausori and North Tailevu.

“I’ve also made some great trips to the interior in Namosi and Naitasiri.”

He is originally from Manchester in the North of England and has been working with the British Foreign Service since 1986.

Mr Welsh served in Dublin, Ireland, as the head of its political team, before being posted here.

What’s one place you’d take every visitor to Fiji and why?

That’s difficult. We’ve already been to so many amazing places in Fiji.

But I think it would have to be Leleuvia.

It truly is a paradise island with golden sands, clear blue seas, great snorkelling just off the beach and beautiful sunsets.

The staff are fabulous and the dive master Jim was so great keeping the kids occupied with various watersports.

What’s your secret backyard favourite spot?

I’ve recently been introduced to Kiuva Beach near Nausori.

The beach is large, the waves are strong enough to do some bodyboarding and the views are beautiful.

It’ is a lovely place for a family day out.

What’s your favourite place in Fiji for a pie/coffee?

The Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) Bakery is my port of call after my morning run to work.

Every morning the staff there ask me if I’d like my usual – a long black with cold milk and two croissants to put back the calories I lose from my run!

What’s one Fiji spot on the top of your bucket list?

I still have so much to see but I think it has to be Taveuni.

I’m reading a novel about early European settlers on Taveuni, so I feel as though I know it.

And I’d love to cross the International Date Line.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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