Irish, living in Rhode Island USA. I teach, so I wander in the summertime.
Living in: Lincoln, United States
  • Day10

    On the way back to Lincoln

    January 1, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I did not remember to write down our day to day activity. It was a fantastic trip to see Hawaii and more.importantly, to spend time with Conor.
    He was an excellent host. He took us all around the perimeter of the island, as far as the roads would allow. Some of the time we were in a red convertible mini and other times we were in a four wheel drive BMW.
    We snorkeled, which was on day 2. Saw lots of fish, an eejit tangled up in his spear gun cord, and tackled huge waves to go back to shore when it got rough and the water was cloudy. We hiked up the side of a mountain to a cave, hiked in a bamboo forest to a waterfall, went to the botanical gardens, the North shore, Diamond Head ( mobbed) the lighthouse trail, walked on deserted beaches, wandered in throngs of tourists on Waikiki Beach, ate Span wasabi, fish roe, Indian food on Christmas Eve, insta pot turkey on Christmas day, picnics on the beach, the side of the road and in parking lots, rented a bicci bike to ride back to the car at 1.00 am after the New Year's Eve fireworks in the Waikiki Beach AND went surfing! Well I floors on the board and paddled around a lot. Keera did surf, Conor can surf, and his girlfriend Becca was our instructor. We drank beer beside a pool after our surfing and spent 2 hours in Don Quixotes, a huge shop full of everything that felt like being in Japan.
    It did not feel like being in America, some of the time, as there are so many Asian residents and tourists.
    The Islanders are exotic looking, the flowers are beautiful, the chickens are everywhere, and the feral pigs are not friendly.
    It was a brilliant experience , the longest journey I have ever taken, which is hard to fathom and difficult to appreciate when the first thing you see when you get off the plane is a Burger King.
    It was really special to bring in the New Year on the beach and we started off the New Year with a " polar plunge" despite the signs for box jellyfish. We did not see any of them ( not that I know what they look like) and it was a quick dip as the sun was not out.
    Maybe I will make it back again . It would be great to have it be a stop off on the way to Japan.
    Stay tuned.
    Read more

  • Explore, what other travelers do in:
  • Day3

    Christmas Day

    December 25, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It is Christmas day! Sunny and warm , so we got out and about. Walked up to the top of Diamond Head. The view was nice. The path was packed ,everywhere is packed. Mostly Japanese people , it seems.
    We went back to Conor's and after tea and cereal , we went to a tiny little beach that Conor knows about and had a swim.
    Then we walked along Waikiki Beach where people were packed in like sardines. Nothing like I imagined, that is for sure. It reminds me.of Miami from the 70's.
    We ate some Japanese rice ball things then came back to the flat for a Christmas insta pot dinner.
    Read more

  • Day45

    And that brings to a close

    October 1, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    It has been a different kind of trip this year. Time to get back to the house and make plans for the next jaunt. I did not have extended time alone in Dublin which was different. Not that I missed out on anything but I realised that being there alone was really nice and I only had about 8 days of that.
    I also do not like being on the sofa in someone else's life for more than three or four days. Kevin and Chelsea were very nice to me and great fun to be around but I prefer to have a room to go to as I can not get out of the way if I am on the sofa. That is just me being too independent I suppose. However staying with them in Donostia was really great. I love that city and all it's style, none of which I had! Next time I will have to pack some fancy stuff because this time I only had Camino capris pants and armour all t-shirts. I left the t-shirts to a charity shop as I was sick of looking at them. I wore them.on the Camino last year too so I got my money's worth out of the, that is for sure
    Thank you Lord for the good health and good fortune that stayed with me for the entire trip. At the end, Jacinta and Philip were very gracious and kind hosts and we had a good time together.
    Philip brought out some Chinese rice wine he was presented with on a trip and it was horrific. He also had some stuff from Latvia and that was only a little less bad. Jacinta and I were quite happy with our wine and Port.
    Philip is good company and we had lots of chat about all sorts of things. He has done some interesting things in his work life.
    We did a video chat with Orla, who had just done cave diving with sharks. She is a very motivated and a real adventurer and making the most of her stay in Australia.
    Maybe my next entries will be from Hawaii as Conor finally has a wee place of his own. That would be nice .
    Read more

  • Day45

    Day 45, and now it changes

    October 1, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Airport today, 45 days ago I left RI and now it is time to get back to the everyday life.
    I asked myself what had I to look forward to going back to Lincoln. The only thing I came up with was yoga, so I am lucky that it is so close to my house.
    Before , I was always excited to see Rajah, but now that she is gone, the house is like an airplane hanger. She is greatly missed , that is for sure.Read more

  • Day44


    September 30, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I met up with Michael and Naimh and Danielle on Friday for dinner and then Daphna and Lorraine and Collette on Saturday. It was great to see everyone and I love to be connected to them all.
    Jacinta is a great hostess and we enjoy each other's company. We went to Howth and had coffee and a walk about. It was a beautiful sunny day. I love Howrh.
    It is really expensive to eat out over here.
    Read more

  • Day41

    Back "home"

    September 27, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Easy trip back to Dublin and the buses out to Jacintas house. I brought here some Port but I got it at the wine shop down the road and probably paid 4 times more than in Porto.
    Anyway Jacinta and Philip are gracious and kind hosts.

  • Day41


    September 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This is a lovely city and much more civilized than Porto. It feels more comfortable for me to be in Spain rather than Portugal.
    There were lots of references to Galicia on adds and in magazines so they show off their cultural heritage too. The accents are tough to understand.
    The bus journey out to the airport was a laugh. packed in like sardines, people yelling at the driver. One woman said he was " un bruto" because of how he was driving, which was like a rally car race. I was holding on tight.
    I got all disoriented about the time switch and really could not remember if I was to go ahead or back, so I did neither and showed up at the airport thinking I had too much time to kill but no, I had to go straight to the gate. I am really glad I did not know it was that close or the bus would have been less fun and more stress.
    Photos : Sardines on the bus, window washing class and sunrise at the train station in Porto.
    Read more

  • Day41

    Train fo Vigo

    September 27, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Barreling down the tracks towards Vigo and my Ryanair flight to Dublin.
    I have to say that Porto will get another visit .
    There is many empty seats in the train
    The driver would do well on a bullet train in Japan I bet. He is making this grubby trian fly along..i
    As we go past the country side,grapes and corn and small vegetable patches are predominent.Read more

  • Day40

    Good bye Por-tu-gal

    September 26, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Another hot day. I wandered about , checked out some more churches, walked up and down a lot of hill and took the metro out to the Drago football stadium for a look. It is impressive but quite intimate. The metro leaves you out literally at the turnstiles.
    I took the bus all the way to Maraschino this evening. What a place, huge beach, huge prom, loads of high rises. It would be ok to live there as it is easy to get into Porto on a bus. Only 40 minutes and under 2 euro.
    Kind of like leaving Stoneybatter and going out to Malahide.
    Porto is a very intense place. It is a workout getting around , the hills are very steep and it was very hot. I keep saying that it was hot...... I do like it though and want to come back to check out the Duro vineyards. I did not want to join tourist throngs on one of the $100 day trips up the river to the vineyards. I will save those options for my next trip.
    I got a great pastel de nata today, out of the oven,still warm.
    It was delicious. Rua Santa Catalina, in a bake shop.
    I would try to get some basic Portuges phrases mastered before returning so I do not feel so inept. Port wine is good and so is vinho verde. It has been an interesting and tiring visit. I walked all over the place.
    Read more

Never miss updates of ElizabethLorraine with our app:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android