The end

So I haven’t written in quite a while. I am home now. But forget that for a bit.

I am going to recap what I got up to after Portland. I got home and hung out with L quite a bit, also had to get my packing etc. done. Myself and L were meant to go out for a last hurrah on the Saturday but after I pucked in the middle of the cereal aisle of Whole Foods we decided that it was probably not the best idea (I think I got a bug from the train).

Anyway M’s Mam looked after me and mothered me. Which was good because being sick makes you miss your Mam. Continue reading

Portland

I really liked Portland. I arrived there on Tuesday evening (it was meant to be midday but bloody Amtrak are a pile of crap) and I stayed until late Thursday.

I had such a nice time. Unlike most places I visit, I don’t really have any mad, crazy stories about the people I met. I spent most of my time alone. I think it is what I needed. Time to chill, just me, before I have to pack and get everything ready for NYC and then home.

Anyway the hostel was ok. I slept like a log the first night despite the fact that there was a snorer, the second night I didn’t sleep so well because the twin (I think thats how you say it when there is one set of twins) that shared our room spoke loudly in normal circumstances. They decided to host a gathering right outside our room past 3am with other hostel guests. This is against the rules and it was so bloody annoying. Other then that nothing annoying happened for the whole trip. Continue reading

L’s birthday

So we had a bit of a shindig. It was kind of  joint thing, for her and another German person on the same programme. A birthday night and a chance for them to say goodbye to the friends that they have made since being here before they go off on their road-trip.

It was really good fun. I knew that L was going to be homesick so I made a bit of effort for her. I emailed my friend that I knew from years ago that I knew took German in college and asked him to translate a message into German asking L’s sister if the family has any traditions for birthdays.

It turns out that the sister speaks English and she sent me a picture of a cake that L’s mother makes every year. So I tried to make an imitation of the cake. It didn’t end up aswell as her mothers would have but I think I did a pretty good job.

So we went to our friends house Y. He has a really nice apartment and he let us invite people around. So we had a full house. I got sloshed. There was lots of Germans and myself and an American guy O decided it would be a good time to do a “Don’t mention the war” moment from Fawlty Towers. Luckily no one noticed.

Anyway my dry patch continues. I would say it is the longest one in the world but J has had one for longer (I can say this on here because she is the only one that reads it).

Anyway I liked O, but he was running hot and then cold. Pain in the arse. And the guy that I met at the 70th still hasn’t asked me out even though we have been in constant contact. Ok I know he is quite a bit older than me but still. I AM HOT! Aren’t I?

I am thinking that maybe I a reeking of desperation.

So we left Y’s house and went to a house party that was being broken up by the police. We lost one of L’s friends. She had been pushed down the stairs in the rush to get out of the door and had badly hurt her head. It would have been really bad only she kept on saying “They pushed me. It wasn’t my fault” It was hilarious!

So we left that party and had breakfast in this amazing little cafe called Glo’s. Check it out. Their eggs are amazing!

Turning 70

It is not usually something I think about but having just help set up a birthday bash for L’s host Mam for her 70th I got to thinking.

What do I want my life to have looked like when I reach that age? Well I want my family, I love my family I really do, I want children and I suppose grandchildren too at that age.

I was talking to a guy about grandchildren and why people love them so much. I think it is because you don’t have to bring them up. You have them and give them back at the end of the day. You are not responsible for telling them off, you are there to spoil them rotten. Well this is the theory of a 22 year old. And I am convinced my Nanna loves me more. Continue reading

Final aloha

So the weather was bad. Which was fairly remarkable seeing as it was Hawaii and all. I did not let this get in my way though! I was determined that I was going to enjoy the hell out of the day.

First  of all we went to a botanical garden, where mosquitoes decided to bite the hell out of me. This wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but I only noticed the bites once I got onto the plane the next day. It meant that it didn’t ruin my holiday but it made travelling a bit uncomfortable.

After that we had planned to go to The Polynesian Cultural Centre but the time was getting on so we headed out to the Dole Plantation.

Just a note on the plantation. Do not do the tour. It is really boring and there is not much to look at. The gardens are very pretty though and I wish I had the chance to have a go in the worlds largest maze!

After walking around in the rain for a while we went indoors and had pineapple icecream with pineapple pieces. It was AMAZING. Continue reading

Aloha part three

The third day on O’ahu started off slowly. There was a lot of  “changing itineraries”. I am a firm believer of having an idea of what you want to do and then letting the spirit of the holiday take you there so I was not really fussed about having everything planned out.

Also as there was four of us there was a lot of humming and arrrring. I have no time for this. I am spending money for this! It was also very much “M, what do you want to do?” and “What about this M?” Which was a pain in my arse.

So we decided on going to Hanauma Bay to snorkel. This offered a completely different selection of water-life to the snorkelling off the catamaran as it was in the reef. It was pretty damn amazing. Just a note that Hanauma Bay is closed on a Tuesday… so don’t make the mistake of planning to go then.

I took a few photographs of this too, I am waiting for them to be developed in Target. The current was really strong, with the wind reaching some pretty high speeds. This made it hard to swim, and it caused problems for our plans for the second part of the day.  Continue reading

Aloha part two

So my second full day in Hawaii started off early. I went on a catamaran, to go and snorkel with the turtles and fish!

It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I had brought a disposable underwater camera for taking photographs of the animals so I am hoping that they come out well.

When I got off the boat I needed some time to recover, I never knew I got sea-sick before but my stomach was in bits! I went to Starbucks and texted the Latino from Texas to ask him what the lads were up to. After a while I made my way back to the hostel to hang out before the Latino, air-force guy and myself went for a drive.

The aim was to go to this beach at North Shore and do some rock jumping, but alas, the parking was bad because of Memorial Day weekend. We ended up driving a little farther up the road to a beach that was relatively quite. It was golden, warm and so peaceful. The rolling waves were a hand-full but it was amazing to watch the sun go down in such a picturesque spot.  Continue reading