21.06.2010 - 29.06.2010
Back in the U.S it feels like we left yesterday. Believe it or not, 11 months can pass quickly if you are having fun. As we left Asia the thoughts of what now is a collection of lovely memories kept visiting our minds. I highly recommend you to take a long trip. It is definitely an investment on yourselves to get out of the routine and experience a lifestyle of constant discovery with the sole purpose of seeing different cultures, gorgeous landscapes, participate in outdoor activities and creating long-lasting friendships.
Lazy to be facing the last week of the Asia trip, before getting to continental U.S, we hibernated for two days in Kauai, victims of the Jet Lag. Our hotel was conveniently located in walking distance from the town with grocery stores and restaurants. During our stay in the Island one particular thing that stood out i was the presence of chickens everywhere! It was funny to hear the roosters at dawn and dusk, and having to reduce the car's speed to allow a Hen and its chicks to cross the road.
Subsequent to hibernation, the two islands we visited undoubtedly exceeded our expectations. Hitchhiking is an acceptable mode of transportation on Kauai. As a matter of fact I hitched a ride from our hotel to the airport to pick up the rent car. Of course, we returned the favor to the locals we encountered along the freeway. Renting a car is the best way to explore the islands as there is not too much public transport and hitchhiking is normally only for short distances.
Most of the Hawaiian islands are small enough to drive through and visit the attractions in a couple of days. Driving, we were able to explore a number of the gems, such as this happy little fellow, Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" as some locals like to call it. This was a perfect half day-trip, specially because we did not get to hike but only drive to all the view points available.
The Na Pali Coast State Park is one of the highlights of Kauai. There is an 11 mile stretch that is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, we didn't get to do the 11 mile, but the 2 mile was breathtaking all the same. There is a beautiful white sand beach with HUGE waves. Thank God, it was calm enough to swim in when we were there, for it can get quite violent. "This beach is the most dangerous in the Island, and there is no Lifeguard" a couple of local hitchhikers said. If I had known it beforehand we probably wouldn't have swam there.
After 5 relaxing nights on Kauai, we flew back to Oahu. There we gave couchsurfing another try, and this time it was quite amazing. Our host was very kind and attentive. On Sunday he took us around to some of the Oahu highlights, such as a three hour hike up around the mountains, a drive through Waikiki, as well as to some of the beaches. It was just lovely to have such a great selection of beaches where you could go to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, surf and/or body board during the day and have a "romantic walk" on the long stretches of sand at sunset. The perfect place to end our long journey...
When we began this trip we had plans to cover a big chunk of the world i.e. Asia, Africa and Europe in a year. Realistically speaking that is impossible unless you constantly fly and "run" from place to place. We felt like we wanted to spend more time in almost every country we visited, thus we reduced our itinerary to cover mainly (South-East) Asia. For the last third of the trip the plan is to go visit the family and friends in Texas and Peru and travel in South America until December. We will continue updating the blog. We'll be carrying a laptop this time so we should be able to update more often.
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