Waikiki - 6 Degrees of Seperation & Traveling Alone
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November 7th, 2008 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
I was optimistic at the time that I could find SOMEONE who wanted to go with me in the span of six months, but I was wrong. So, I did what any independent, determined woman would do... I joined Travel Buddy, then I packed my bag (yes, I meant singular, how odd, right?) and headed for the land of palm trees and hula.
The trip was planned using a variety of travel guides. I used O'ahu Revealed for the hotel, Frommer's Honolulu Day by Day, and a couple others produced by AAA. Ok... so maybe I planted myself at Barnes & Noble and studied a few extra.
The first two days I barely uttered a word, but logged a whole lot of miles by foot exploring Waikiki taking in the sensory overload. Taking in the sites of Waikiki Beach along the beach trail, I meandered through several hotels along the way making mental notes as to which I'd like to stay in upon my next trip to this lovely island. In short order I managed to take in Pearl Harbor (by bus - about 1.25 hours from Waikiki), Chinatown (go see the open air fish market and get a lei for only $3.50), and visited the terrific views (free) from the historic Aloha Center.
On day three the flood gates opened and I suddenly met several people who were also visiting the island for the first time.
By the way, I would like to test the theory of 6 degrees of separation here. Mel asked for my card and said he would pass on some information he had about Paris.
Every person who passed me by during the week I was on the island gave smiles very generously and it was one of the easiest places on earth to start conversations with people. It was fascinating to see the locals come to the water in droves to surf. All the side streets were jammed with cars with carrier racks on top, specifically for surf board carrying.
Every day in Waikiki was an adventure and I am astonished how much I was able to see in just a week. It is amazing just how relaxed a person can be with no-where to be.
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