Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
Trip End Dec 01, 2008

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We recovered from vicious jet lag in Waikiki from May 1-5.  We are still recovering.  Check back soon for more on Hawaii.

Okay, we're back.  We were in Waikiki for 5 days and slept for 2 of them (okay, I (andrea) slept for 3).  I would never have thought there would be such jet lag.  It's 17 hours time difference from Bangkok, but it felt like we had been up for a month.  Anyway, I know you all have tons of sympathy for us, so I will move on. 

For some odd reason, we thought it would be fun to visit Waikiki again. It's been a few years since we were there and the memories of why we had vowed to never go back were fuzzy and blurred.  Kind of like when you have not been to Vegas for a while.  You quesion, ....was it really that bad?  the answer remains YES.  You ask, "but wasn't it pretty, and exciting and so cosmopolitan?  But again, we find, the answer is NO.  (And, as Jeff knows, I am an expert on what is,  and what is not, cosmopolitan.)  So, to really make this a trip to remember, we actually consciously made the decision to stay at the Big Pink Hotel, made famous in about 30 bad Elvis movies.  To be honest, Waikiki is a bit of a blur.  The place has not changed.  There is shopping to die for (had we any money) and the beaches are crowded shoulder to shoulder with teenage girls in g-strings.  No comment.   A sample of a conversation overheard on the beach ..."'Dude, I was so wasted last night.  What time should we meet to get in line for Senior Frogs tonight?"  Yes, they line up to get into Senior Frogs. 

When we were not sleeping, we went on daily runs up to the top of Diamond Head, went snorkaling at Hanoma Bay, and went to a movie.  Going to the movie was my favorite part.   It's something I have defintely missed.  We saw 21, which I highly recommend.  We also had popcorn, which I also really missed.  (Okay, and I also snuck in 2 bottles of water.  $3.50 for a Dasani?  Come on.).  Getting fully into our "we're back in America" mindset, before the movie we had dinner at Ruby Tuesdays.  Does it get any better than this?  We also did manage to venture out to pay our respects at Pearl Harbor.  We were too late though, all the tickets for that day's tours had sold out.  Apparently others also tire of Chanel and coco butter. 

We are now in Kauai, dreamland.  We will be home on the 14th for a week or so, then heading out for our West  coast rafting and backpacking tour.  We are so looking forward to seeing you all.   Please take care, Andrea and Andrew
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