Hang Loose

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

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Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Aloha from Waikiki!
Here I am (still) in Waikiki , Hawaii. These three weeks went by pretty fast even though I can't exactly tell you what I was doing the whole time. The main street of Waikiki is starting to look like Ahuza , the main street of city already and the stores are all familiar. The bus system is memorized in my head and I know the cheapest places to buy stuff , not to mention the Macadamia and coffee tastings. Somehow , living here was easier that I thought because the people here change just about every week.
The days would go a little something like this. Wake up time is around 9:30 AM when I go downstairs with a breakfast bar and drink coffee with everyone in the hostel. Next , it's probably off to the beach! Essencial equipment - Beach mat , sunscreen , book and water. Now is the really tricky part because it's all about climate control. When it gets too hot just sitting in the sun , your water is starting to evaporate and you are drenched in your own sweat , you can either get a cold Coffee Frappuccino from starbucks , break for lunch, or head for the mall (or any combination of those ). Somehow , and don't ask me why , the time just zips by and it's already dinner time , followed by hanging out at the hostel with friends. After dinner , it's time to go out to one of the many clubs in the city and come back around two or three AM. Everyday somehow went by like this with slight variations - maybe I went on a day hike or maybe I worked in the mall for a day , ect.
Here are a few terms that you should know when going to Waikiki -
ABC Stores - These stores are everywhere. They are like convenience stores / souvenir shops / apparel / everything else that you might need. I am not exaggerating when I say that you can't walk one block without spotting one of these stores. They are perfect for the beach though because if you just want some pineapple or gum or sun screen or something , it's all there - Everything.
Ala Moana - The BIG mall! This mall has everything and it is one of the richest malls in the United States. If you were to look around 360 degrees you might think that you are in Tokyo because you are the only one with eyes that have a radius. So , I was walking around the mall one day when a guy approached me and said "excuse me , can I ask you a question? Have you heard of the dead sea" , to which I replied "Yes , actually it's an hour from my house. Where are you from?" - "Israel" - "Ahhhh , Shalom....". Anyway , the conversation continued and I learned that he actually works there along with heaps of other Israelies , selling dead sea products. Then I thought it might be a good idea to work there , which I did ... For one day. Then the beach called unto me and I had to return. I did make about 90$ though which is ok for one day.
Mai Tai - I don't know exactly how to describe this drink but it's G-R-E-A-T! I know that there are pineapples in it and alcohol but I'm not sure what else. It's possible to have three in one night without even noticing. This is definitely and island 'must have' every time you go out.

I guess that is what you need to know.
My grandparents arrived a few days ago and I awaited them in the airport with Lei's (The flower necklaces). Since then we have been to a Luau (Party Hawaiian dinner) and also to Pearl Harbor. Pearl Horbor was interesting and my grandfather filled me in on that big of history so I know more than Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.
Not it's off for the cruise! Time to see what the other islands have to offer. I'm talking seven days of luxury for a change. It's strange moving from the hostel to a hotel and eating well , ect. I will be making my way slowly into civilization now I guess. My 'Alone' part is gone and finally I get to see familiar faces who even love me as an extra bonus. :-)
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