In keeping with custom, I spent my first full day in Vava'u greeting friends, renewing acquaintances, catching up on current events, checking out new restaurants...generally re-acclimating myself to the pace and rhythm of local life.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this annual ritual is seeing how much my friends' children have grown, like this beautiful little girl, who's the youngest daughter of one of my best friends.
She was ill quite often as an infant, so I was always concerned for her. But as you can see from this photo, she's healthy and strong now...enough to run around, giggle and make funny faces at me.
It's good to be home.