Aloha everyone!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
Trip End Sep 10, 2005

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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Aloha everyone!
After a twelve hour bus ride to Sydney , a night there and a nine hour flight , here I am , on Waikiki beach Hawaii! The first shock was the heat wave that hit me when I first exited the plane , geez it's hot here. The second is that the driver was on the wrong , i mean right... well... side of the road! After being in countries that drove on the left for five months , even crossing the street changes. Now I'm in the beachside hostel for at least two weeks, probably more and the beaches are packed!
I spent about two days just sitting in the sun on the beach and walking around Waikiki which was fun but strange. This place doesn't seem like America at all. If you ignore the small things like the menu in McDonalds and that there is a Burger King instead of a Hungry Jack like in Oz , Hawaii is definitely another one of America's mistake. This way Americans feel like they are in another country when they actually haven't crossed any borders or seen anything different. Congratulations USA for yet another way to stay put.
Who cares though? For me it's good because I can work here , and work I shall. I applied at Starbucks but they said to call back on Sunday so I applied to Seatles Best and already got interviewed. Soon I will be on the coffee highway... Computer programmer post military service serving coffee... It doesn't get much better :)
Today I got a bus pass and went to a lookout at the top of a mountain called Diamond Head which had good views of Waikiki but tomorrow I will venture further and try to find more places to hike around. It's so weird here , I haven't quite gotten used to the ... well , Americans. The simplest thing like saying "Hi" while on a walking track totally throws people off and they don't know how to reply. Several times I tested it and only the older people really replied. Do you get nicer as you get older? In a couple of hundred years will we all be Chinese? Probably... But I will leave that question with you for further thought.
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aldotty on

Welcome to our world
So you are now back in 'our country'. We had a great time with your family in Turkey and if you want hot, that's where it is. Anyway, glad you are doing just fine and hope to see you soon what you come all the way East. Will you be seeing Grandma's relative, Norman? I hope you got his phone number. Here it is anyway. Store: 808-733-1616 and beeper 808-835-6000. It should be interesting.

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