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  • Day63

    Goodbye Waikiki (for now)

    May 16, 2017 in the United States

    Waikiki isn't my kind of place - I don't need high-end shops - but I've found plenty to do and getting around has been easy on TheBus. I still haven't got a handle on being on the right side of the road (literally) for bus stops. Every journey is $2.50, no change given, unless ... well I don't know why, but once I was let off 50c because I only had $2 or a $5 note. Then once I was charged just $1, no idea why!

    So farewell Waikiki, roll on Big Island, Airbnb stays and car hire 😎
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  • Day159

    HONOLULU, HAWAII

    September 5 in the United States

    Aloha! I think we could not have picked a better place for the Grand Finale of the Buzacott World Tour 2018. Pleasantly surprised by this America/Polynesia blend. The surf is addictive, and the boys have spent multiple hours each day on their rented longboard. Getting quite skilled at it, too! (And chafed). We hiked up Diamond Head (the volcanic crater) yesterday, a beautiful view at the top. Zach got a bit of heatstroke though, poor man, so it was a slow walk back down. Nothing that an air conditioned hotel room and a bit of ice cream & water couldn’t fix, though.

    A week before we arrived, level 4/5 Hurricanes were predicted and we wondered about the wisdom of coming. As it turns out, the weather has been consistently gorgeous. Jesse and I have taken a woodcarving lesson and a lei-making lesson. We’ve seen hula dancers, and spent hours by the pool. Not a bad life.

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    Today marks the final day of our 6 month journey.

    EPILOGUE: It’s now been 2 weeks back in Australia, and at the time I couldn’t quite find the words to sum up this magnificent journey we shared. It meant a lot to me. The privilege of exploring the world with your family by your side is priceless. The words still aren’t there, so until ‘Buzacott World Tour: The Sequel,’ I bid you adieu!
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  • Day25

    Hawaii

    January 28 in the United States

    What a lovely day we have had today! We started the day off with a ripper of a breakfast at our hotel it was so yummy, at this rate I think I will be the size of a house by the time I get back. We had a walk around the streets and then straight to the beach for a swim, we grabbed a salad for lunch to try and even it all out because we are going to the Cheesecake Factory again for dinner! They have the best food and cheesecake that does not disappoint ❤️
    We rode the trolley cart around some of the island and seen some beautiful beaches. We then got dropped off to a shopping centre for some light browsing 😂 we then got picked up by the trolley and taken back to our hotel, we are currently making our selves beautiful ready for dinner
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  • Day26

    Hawaii

    January 29 in the United States

    What a day! Starting of with an early morning walk to diamond head, which is an extinct volcano just 10 mins away from where we are staying. The views were amazing with the sun over the crystal blue waters, just beautiful. We headed back down the hike and caught the trolley cart back to where we were staying we went for massages and coffee and cake to top the morning off ( I had cake Toby ordered actual food hahah). We went down to the beach around lunch time and hired a stand up paddle board, what we didn't remember was that we were at a beach with actual waves so that was a pretty funny event 😂
    After our hopeless attempt at paddle boarding we headed to our rooms to get dolled up ready for the luau! It was such a cool event to go to, when we go there they gave us flower neck lays and drinks. We walked on through and we got to do hula lessons, watch how they climb a palm tree, how they use fishing nets and lastly how they cooked our dinner in a hungi style set up. As well Toby got picked to wear a grass skirt and do some dancing out the front of everyone it was hilarious! The food was amazing and the experience and show was good fun.
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  • Day29

    Hawaii

    February 1 in the United States

    Well what a shocker of a morning! We went out snorkelling and it was pretty choppy, Toby had a ball while I was spewing of the deck with bloody sea sickness!! It was terrible, I couldn't have felt worse. Toby had a great time snorkelling and on the cruise. I went into the water thinking I would feel better but I couldn't have been more wrong, as soon as I got back on the boat that's when things went down hill, but hey I got to see a sea turtle in my short time in the water. It was such a relief to get back to shore I can tell you that now! 😂
    After our shocker of an adventure Toby took me to maccas and peped me up which made me feel better! We went for a swim, I didn't let the waves get me moving too much 😂 and I had a dip in the jacuzzi! I'm loving the jacuzzi. After we went for a oook around he streets and back to the room after ready for dinner. It was an eventful day but hey toballs the little shit enjoyed it 👍🏼
    Outlets here we come tomorrow!
    P.s we are definitely gunna need another suitcase
    P.ss we have more photos on a USB of our day before it took a turn for the worst! All smiles blue skies and we seen HUMPBACK WHALES 🐳
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  • Day28

    Hawaii Honolulu Waikiki

    September 28 in the United States

    We arrived in Hawaii a few days ago, ready to slow down, stop going to galleries and museums, and just enjoy a nice hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean surrounded by palm trees and heavily forested craters of volcanoes. And this, pretty much, is what we've done since arriving.

    Honolulu is hot. Yes, lots of hot gorgeous people, but it's really just hot. It is incredibly humid. Our first night out, we walked along the beach promenade at Waikiki and happened upon a little eatery that had outdoor dining as well as inside. But the humidity was such that it continuously morphed into rain. Heavy rain. And then it would stop. We moved inside on our third table move. The evenings are particularly challenging. Eating out is a big deal just to get there and back again dry. Seated at a table with just the effort of using utensils, your brow breaks into a sweat, your neck too, your sleeves stick to your arms, your shorts stick to your legs. In truth, I have always imagined hell not so much as a fiery furnace as a sauna. Honolulu is outrageously beautiful, but I could not live here.

    We have swum in the ocean multiple times a day. It is a pale blue crystal colour, the colour of a larimar to be precise. It is warm, over 20 degrees C, but refreshing. Gentle waves that do not break until the shoreline just keep rolling through. You can swim or bob around in them for ages without getting cold. A volcanic crater up one end of the beach marks a particularly splendid view as you relax on the beach or in the water. Surfers on long boards paddle way way way out where there is a break. Some use wooden paddles. Duke Kahanamoku's name or image is everywhere. With these waves, I can see why he is the father of modern surfing.

    I tried to write here, but I couldn't concentrate, so abandoned the effort. Not sure if it was Waikiki or the nature of a piece of truly awkward penmanship that I needed to fix that caused my inability to write. That still awaits me.

    We have bought some clothes here and slept a lot. Our body clocks are all over the shop having been in so many different time zones. Eating out is a wonder here. They marry the inside with the outside so well. A roof, then no roof, then a roof again. Gas lit fire sticks everywhere, fairylights through the trees, and trees themselves allowed to grow through where a roof should have been. Great trees. Ancient trees. Ponds, waterfalls, comfy seats to just sit back and watch the water. Shops all round. It really leaves our indoor gargantuan shopping malls for dead.

    If we ever get back here there is much more of Hawaii to see. I think you would need some time. The people are super friendly, "aloha" as a matter of course wherever you go.

    Today is our last day here in Hawaii and also of our grand United States adventure. It will take some time to process. It seems forever ago that we landed in San Francisco and got a ride share from the airport.

    A long flight to Sydney awaits us in the morning and it really then will be all over. Maybe one more footprint. Till next.
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  • Day28

    Hawaii

    January 31 in the United States

    We had an awesome day today exploring a place called Kualoa ranch where they filmed a lot of movies including Jurassic park! We got there nice and early and we were out in a group to ride quads on the movie sets with a WHOLE group of Asians! Now I am not being racist but I just had this feeling that the quad experience was going to be hilarious. We were the only two that got a safety talk in English!!! And the rest were all in different languages, now with in the first 5 minutes of doing the practice lap to make sure every one was okay one of the dim sims crashed of a small drop and sat there trying to get out of the hole the wheels spinning like crazy!! Toby and I turned to each other and Toby's words to me went a little like this, " well this is going to be fucking eventful" 😂
    The ride was nice and slow with one of the dim sims being close to the age of 60+ he had to be!! It was definitely a very funny experience. After our quad tour we went on a jungle tour to see Hawaiian temples, traditional stone packed fences, along with how they fished and come to use the land.
    We headed to lunch after this tour where we filed up on once again mostly Asian foods lots of rice 😂 and headed on to our last adventure on the ranch which was the tour of all the movie sets and sites that were filmed there. We seen where movies like 51st dates was filmed, soul surfer, Jurassic park, King Kong, the movie pearl harbour and Hawaii 5-0 which was being filmed for season 8 while we were there!! We didn't see any of the actors but it was exciting seeing them set up.
    After all of our tours we headed back to our hotel had a little kip then went down to the jacuzzi for a dip before dinner! It was a pretty miserable day, raining on and off so the jacuzzi was a good idea! Not to mention it was full of multicultural people having loads of debate and one Aussie being a wanker!! We had a pretty cool day 🌸
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  • Day20

    Bye bye Big Island, hello Honolulu!

    September 16, 2016 in the United States

    Flew back from Hilo to Honolulu yesterday. The flight took one hour. Then I waited three hours at the airport for the Speedy Shuttle! {sigh!!} ☹️
    I got here eventually though, in time to walk on the beach and enjoy the sunset, followed by a margarita 😎

  • Day21

    Saturday at the Surfrider

    September 17, 2016 in the United States

    Spent a lazy day exploring the historic Moana Surfrider at Waikiki, constructed in 1916. It was the first resort to be built in Waikiki, and a preferred destination for Hawaiian royalty. The resort retains its olde worlde charm, including excellent table service of high teas and elegant dining.
    The second floor of the building houses an excellent historic museum which tells the story of the origin of surfing. The original building is magnificent, and a definite favourite for Japanese brides. I saw at least six while I was there for the final three days of my holiday.Read more

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