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A Polynesian adventure

Morning!

The weather here in Hawaii is absolutely bonkers. In the space of two minutes it will go from blistering heat to gale force wind then over to tropical downpour. I quite like it though. My life is a bit poncho on poncho off poncho on poncho off currently haha!

Yesterday we went on our much anticipated volcano hike. I say much anticipated because Tom booked it in January, much to the delight of our taxi driver, who said “you’re so organised! I love this guy! You’re so lucky!” (To me haha)

The hike wasn’t so much a hike but more of a coach tour. It  wasn’t what we were expecting really, but we had a good time. Our tour guide, Walter, grew up on the island and taught us all about the plants and wildlife, which I found fascinating.

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There’s loads of plants like the above everywhere, and wild orchids too. (Can you tell it was chucking it down?!)

On our way to the volcano, we passed a lava beach, formed when the molten lava enters the see, and cools, creating a brand new coastline.

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After a visit to rainbow waterfall, we went to a macadamia nut factory (tasted amazing) through papaya groves.

We then headed up to killer whale volcano. ( i can’t remember the Hawaiian name – whoops) Walter the tour guide had the most soothing voice I’ve ever heard and the combination of that and the heat meant we literally couldn’t stay awake! Haha!

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Behind Tom, you can see the crater and sulphur coming from the magma within the volcano.

We then went on the sulphur walkway (smelt like farts) and we were warned to stay on the path due to jets of boiling steam coming out from cracks in the earth.

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(In case you were wondering, a flower behind the right ear means your available, and behind the left means you’re spoken for)

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After the summit, we were taken to a lava field. I must admit, waking up to the landscape was very surreal, I felt like I’d woken up on Mars!

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As you can probably tell, it was pissing it down!! Everytime I put my poncho on, it would flap in the wind creating a lot of hilariously embarrassing noise pollution, so I decided to brave the t shirt – at least it was warm.

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On our way back down to Hilo, my phone buzzed and I looked down to find this…

imageSlightly worrying huh? Anyway, nothing came of it, so I can thank modern technology for scaring the shit out of me for no reason.

Today we are flying back to Honolulu. Tomorrow we’re doing a scuba dive guaranteed to see turtles (!!) and then we fly to Fiji that evening.

Dont be too jealous, the money will run out soon and we will be scrubbing toilets. Lots of love!

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Aloha from Hawaii!

We stepped off the plane to Honolulu and instantly noticed a difference in the air from LA. The air felt hot and wet, a bit like like a steam room!

imageIn the airport there are vending machines selling lei. Not something you see everyday!

imageAfter dumping our bags in the hostel, we walked straight down to Waikiki beach. It’s amazing that there’s huge high rise hotels against the beach. The sea is so wonderfully clear and blue. There were loads of surfers too, which Hawaii is famous for.

imageWatching the sunset on the beach was absolutely stunning! After a sushi and beer tea on the beach, we wandered back towards our hostel and stumbled across a bunch of Hawaiin locals singing and playing their ukuleles. As we stood to listen, they invited us to sit down. We then watched a few of the women doing the hula dance and they asked me to join in! I was pretty rubbish, but it was an incredible experience!

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Today we woke up, and left our big bags at the hostel and had a beach day. We found this incredible tree (above) which was so cool that I shouted “you are the best tree I have ever seen!” at it! The branches hung down and then took root in the ground. I couldn’t fit the whole tree into the photo it was so big!

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I love Hawaii! I could live here, so chilled. I just need to learn to surf now!

Hawaii is made up of a few islands, and today we took a 45 minute flight to Hilo (the locals call it Big Island) we arrived in torrential downpour in the dark, and got a taxi to our hostel… Only to find the hostel had closed down and we were alone, getting soaked in the dark in a town that looks like something from a Wild West movie.

Luckily we found another hostel to stay in, which looks like somewhere you would stay if you were doing an African Safari in the 1930s!

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Behind tom is actually a bird cage with two songbirds inside, called Sonny and Cher haha!

Things that made me laugh:

– the “hostile dog”… We then realised the receptionist meant “hostel dog.” Phew.

– these:

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Only in America!

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I will talk and Hollywood will listen.

Well hi there, I’m coming at you through the cornflakes of Los Angeles!

LA has been our first AirBnB experience and it’s been great! We found the apartment no problem, and weren’t sure which room was ours so picked one and dumped our bags. Turned out the room belonged to Ben, who when we apologised, said “don’t worry, you’re in California now, we’re all friends here!” Ben is actually from Melbourne, Australia, and kindly gave us a lift to the beach true Aussie style – barefoot and with his surfboard in the front seat. It was lovely to get some info from someone who lives locally so we followed his reccomendations and went to check out the canal and Venice Beach. image

The lifeguard stations on Venice Beach are true baywatch style!

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Feet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time…

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It was a super duper sunny day. In the evening we walked along the pier to watch the surfers and the fishermen as the sun set. It was so lovely!

Today we got up early to get to the Hollywood walk of fame and sign. I must admit I did a lot of squeeling when we first spotted the Hollywood sign, so bloody excited!

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I knew I’d make it to Hollywood one day, haha!

The walk of fame was pretty cool too, and as we were there fairly early, it wasn’t too busy.

imageMr Spielberg look just what you’re missing!

We then decided to spend the rest of the day at Universal Studios. I really enjoyed the studio tour where you could see loads of sets and facades of buildings that they use in films.

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I was super excited by the Bates Motel and house haha!

Overall, it was a really fun, jam-packed and expensive day. Off to Hawaii tomorrow!

Things that made me laugh:

-Eating our tea in a Mexican fast food place sat next to a Charlie Chaplin impersonator.

– Tom knocking over an enormous stack of trays in said restaurant.

– A dog dressed as a lady in the animals from the movies show at Universal.

Things that surprised me:

– There are vast amounts of homeless people in LA.

– The public transport is absolutely appalling so we’ve had to use Uber cabs to get around.

– For the three taxi rides so far, all the drivers have been women.

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Rain in the concrete jungle

Hiya! Day three over here, our final day in New York, and the first day of New York Fashion Week. I must say I fit right in wearing my waterproof poncho. That didn’t stop me being high fashion though.

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Following a really good nosey at the fashion elite (incredible bone structure everywhaaaaar) we returned to the High Line and walked in the opposite direction from yesterday towards Chelsea.

Then the most hilarious and terrifying experience of my life thus far occurred. Tom goes “holy shit, Hep look! There’s Tyrion Lannister!” (For those of you who don’t know him, he’s an actor from Game of Thrones) We were alone on the pavement about 100ft away and snapped a quick photo. He was busy hailing a cab so we didn’t want to bother him…. And then we received what I can only describe as an authentic Vulcan death stare, because it nearly killed us. He glared at us, his eyes watching us all the way up the pavement ( sorry, sidewalk)

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Following this, most of the day was taken up laughing about this episode. We also saw the LOVE sign and ate shit loads of food. Our flight to LA is at 7am tomorrow morning, and we’re getting picked up at 3.30am to get back to JFK, so went out for a much needed salad, had a quick last run round Times Square in torrential downpour and we’re now back at the hostel for an early night.

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(Enjoying some Kendalian weather. Home is where the rain is after all.)blogsignature