I have been back for a couple of days now, but only got into Sydney yesterday afternoon. Must say, I am liking being in my own bed again, with my own pillow. My shower however, sucks compared to the immense pressure of the hotel showers.
Tonight I am planning on soaking in a bath tub full of oil to inject some moisture back into my skin. Sunburn and salt water has left me brown, but flaky.
Only one more evening and a day until I go back to work. Something I am not looking forward to. Only because I've been recharged and want to do something different. I do not want to get settled back into doing the same thing, day in and day out. I've just spent two and a half weeks exploring, doing new things and enjoying everything around me. Although it is a reality that I will eventually go back to some form of work, I do not want to give up the new found feeling of freedom.
To try and keep the feeling, I will be downloading the song 'Over The Rainbow' cover that was played quite a bit while we were over there and it is starting to remind me how I felt while I was over there.
Aloha... just a quick update to say that in a couple of hours I will be heading back home to Australia. Hopefully in the next couple of days I will have photos to post and a more detailed explanation of my trip. I think it's going to take me a while to get through the photos... I have over 1500 to go through!
Have rented, "Where the wild things are" and "Lilo and Stitch" to watch on the plane back... that's right, budget airline and online those stupid over seat screens that play whatever they want to play. Grr.
Wish me luck!!
Have just come back from a three hour spa treatment and my god, it was divine. We're just changing now to go to the street festival being held on the main drag of Waikiki, apparently the biggest one of the year held every September. Lucky we caught it.
This morning we went swimming (slash) diving with sharks, 3 miles out to sea with galapagos shark... yes quite harmless but also impressive. We have a video, and when I manage to find myself a computer with a CD drive I will upload it promptly. The boat ride back was a little dicey however - I don't get seasick but the water sent three women over the edge (they lost their breakfast) and Temissa and I were concentrating on the horizon so hard you could smell our brains burning. There was an old navy guy on the tour that day, and in the hilarity of the moment (read: sarcasm) he decided to grab the victims cameras and take photos of the poor souls being sick over the edge. If I wasn't going to vomit myself if I stood up, I would have pushed him over the edge myself.
Just a quick update, now it's off to find some stall-food!!
I have been meaning to write more often on here, but of course I'm on holidays (or vacation as the yanks say) and I let it the intention lapse.
It's Saturday here, Sunday in Australia which means that we only have a couple of more days until we fly back home. I am sitting in our hotel at the moment waiting for 9.25am to roll around so we can walk down and get picked up for a tour. Well, not really a tour. We're going into a shark cage and diving with Hawaii's version of great white sharks before spending three hours at a very expensive spa getting massages.
You can probably guess we've spent a tremendous amount of money while being here, and I can officially say that I will be completely broke once I get back.
It has been a mini adventure, I can say that much. Mixed with a surreal feeling of being in an American TV show. We've been as excited at seeing Walmart and Taco Bell as we were swimming with Sea Turtles and watching dolphins play in the bay at breakfast. It's very laid back here, most people are running on island time (the locals are at least, I couldn't say the same for some tourists) and everyone is pretty friendly. Kind of a "if-you-ask-me-something-I'll-help-you-out-friendly" compared to Thailand's "I'll-offer-my-daughter's-hand-in-marriage-if-you-so-much-as-smile-at-me" friendly.
What I will end up doing, is uploading my photos and recall the trip that way. Of course it won't be as authentic as to the minute recounts of my day but then again, you won't see the tired rambling either.
One thing I wanted to point out is that we did get a little kick from driving on the opposite side of the road, and realising we were competent enough to get ourselves all around the three islands. Given, they're not that big and getting lost isn't that easy but it was still a nice feeling that we weren't at the mercy of public transport and local guides.
On Maui and Hawai'i there were no other Australians, it was very unusual to hear someone from the homeland. Waikiki on the other hand is full of them. Was told yesterday by a Brazillian man (who was listening in on a conversation Temissa and I were having about our so called accents, that she indeed had an accent, but me not so much. I think Temissa has been told twice now, that they love hearing her talk. Maybe she sounds a little more "Aussie" than me.
The tipping isn't too bad either, because most of the service is excellent. They refill for free and make sure you're really happy with everything. Anyone we harass with ignorant questions about the lifestyle in Hawaii, we always tip a little bit extra. A nicer way of saying "tip me" is also, "we appreciate gratuities". Nice way to fancy it up.
So today I have been cleaning like mad, doing washing and mending swimwear. Yesterday was spent clothes shopping and packing. At the moment I'm having a cup of tea and a milky bar. So, I have to say the last couple of days before going away haven't been all that bad.
Will be posting some photos up while I am away, most likely on Facebook to start with before the bulk of them being on here. Again, I really need to delete my Facebook - I think I spend way too much time wasting my time on there.
Have done the fake tan thing today, but it looks like it's not as dark as I want it to be. I'm not talking chocolate brown through - just enough for it to be a tan without it being a tan tan. You know what I mean.
I must say, I am really looking forward to getting on that plane. Getting out of the country. At least, not being on staff travel means I have a sure fire seat on the plane. None of this bated breath business until the wheels leave the ground. Don't laugh, it's happened.