Trip Start Feb 01, 2009
Trip End May 07, 2009

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

We are just leaving Waikiki after three days here.
We have just had a generally relaxing week. I think Hattie's legs have finally stopped aching after the horse ride in Kahuku.
We have returned the rental car (which I am quite relieved about in reality) and now have to rely on public transport and walking. It feels (strangely) like our legs have been cut off because of the feeling of a lack of freedom.
Hattie and I went to the Honolulu Zoo, because for once the weather is nice. It also made up for the fact that the Night Safari in Singapore (ooh, that feels like only last week) was such a damp squib. We were stood only about a foot away from a hippo through the glass.
The weather has been nice and sunny for two days. I say that it's nice now, it's been alright all week but the cloud and the cool breezes have taken the edge off the temperatures. But it has been very windy, especially at night, you can hear it whistling (God only knows what through). It would really have been rounded off if a tree had started rapping on the window like in stereotypical horror films.
The hotel has been OK, we are only 2 blocks from the famous Waikiki Beach and we have walked there most days because that's where most of the activity (and shops(!) are).
There are also such a large amount of beggars in Waikiki along the street. It's almost like Covent Garden with all the made up performers pretending to be statues and the singers.
We also saw the most blatant beggar that we have ever seen. His sign read 'No lying, I need beer.' I mean, come on, it's not really a message that tugs on the heart strings, is it?
We ate in a restaurant called 'Bubba Gump Shrimp'. To give you an idea, it is like a Hard Rock Cafe, but in homage to Forrest Gump. They had Jenny's wedding dress and various other items from the film and there were many items on the menu containing shrimp.
The drinks menu is attached to table tennis bats and the film plays on a constant loop on a TV behind the bar. The waitresses also quiz you on trivia from the film. Our waitress asked us really simple questions, like what are the three sports seen in the film. I think it's because she knew that we were foreign. I feel really sorry for the table next to us, who got the question 'For which college did Forrest play (American) football?' To their credit, they got it right but I'd have been stumped.
On a complete aside, I tried another item from McDonald's breakfast menu. This time I got maple syrup-filled pancakes with bacon and egg, which isn't as bad as it sounds.
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