Now I understand why the saying “This too shall pass” can make a happy man (or woman) sad…
All vacations, even in paradise must come to an end. Though I am sad and would love to stay here; I am thankful that for another year I have been able to take some time off and come to Hawaii. It allows me to not only visit my family, but gives me time to decompress from the rat race (my job) on the mainland.
This week was crammed full of your usual touristy types of things to do – beaches, Mac Nuts, waterfalls and the Waip’io Valley. After a nice walk along the ocean in Kona; I now sit in the local Starbucks typing this blog post whilst staring at palm trees. It’s one of the few places I can get reasonably fast Wi-Fi. My families’ home unfortunately only offers dial up (56K) in their area.
There was another AHA! moment this week. While buying Tshirts in Honoloa Surf, the girl behind the counter told me I should do whatever I could to move here. What prompted her to say this was my comment of how much I love it in Hawaii. She was from Northern California and had grown sick of the ever quickening pace and rudeness of people on the mainland.
The Paradise budget – how have I been doing?
Walmart toiletries $1.27
Big Island Candy – yummy Macadamia Nut Shortbreads $8.85
Homemade Mac Nut Ice Cream $5.00 – I know!! A little expensive, but if you could taste this homemade ice cream while watching the ocean you’d pay five bucks too!
Gas/Costco groceries $41
Honolua Surf $69.29 – I couldn’t resist a few T’s; a YOLO Hawaii shirt and a I left my heart in Hawaii shirt. Yep, I’m 36 and I have a YOLO shirt….how funny is that?!
Hamakua Mac Nut Factory $28.85 – In my opinion, best Mac Nuts on the island! You cannot leave Hawaii without Mac Nuts.
Kmart $15.44 – Misc stuff – paid on CC
Gas, Coffee and more Mac Nuts from K’au Coffee Mill $35
Grand total: $239.70 for the week $546.02 of $500 cash budget (I had a bit more than $500 cash on me when I started out — $530.58 if we don’t include Kmart)
As I spend my last few days here in paradise, I am doing my best to not think of what awaits me back home. I wanted clarity from this trip and I believe I have found it.
I’ll be back with my regular posting schedule later this week. Until then, Aloha!