25.04.2012 - 25.04.2012 70 °F
This is my last blog on a port! Don’t be sad though, I will post another blog with my reflection of the trip because I know how much you all love reading my long posts I am a bit sad that I am now officially on the last leg of my voyage. I only have 5 days until I am in San Diego and then six days before my return to Colorado. A lot of you have been asking when I will be home, and unfortunately a lot of you will not be able to see me until Friday because I will not get into Denver until midnight between Thursday and Friday and I am sure that a lot of you have finals and your last classes to attend. Good news is that I will have a movie/picture viewing night on Friday and then I have my welcome home BBQ on Saturday which would be fantastic to see all of you there! I look forward to see everyone’s smiling face, and be prepared for a long, giant hug from me.
So my last port that was on this voyage was Hilo, Hawaii. We only had ten hours in the port so it is not going to be a really long post. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and am glad I finally got the chance to with this voyage. Although I was not there for a long time I find it a benefit to say “Yeah, I just stopped by Hawaii, no big deal.” When we were cleared from the ship my roommate James and I left to catch the shuttle that would take us to downtown Hilo. It was a packed van and was free because the company running it was hoping to sell tours to us. James and I really did not have any plans for the day other than eating and having fun, so we did not take the tour. When we got off the shuttle we were right in the middle of the farmer’s market. It was just like any other that I had been to, but there really was no haggling to be done because we were now back in the United States. They had a lot of interesting things, food, and of course macadamia nuts. I did not have that much money though and unfortunately did not buy any to bring back home. James and I walked around the market for a little while, but neither of us had breakfast so we went in search of a restaurant where we could get some. We walked downtown for a while until we came across a café that looked really good. I got a breakfast burrito with avocado in it which was really good and then got an iced chai latte, something I haven’t had in about three months. They were both delicious but I could not finish it all so I gave the rest to James. After breakfast we left and found another restaurant/bar where we got some drinks. We are both 21 and were just looking for a place that had mimosas but that turned out to be more difficult than anticipated. Instead, I bought us some fries, each a mai tai and a shot of tequila to celebrate friendship and the end of our epic voyage. It was great just talking while we were there but we still wanted to do more than just drink so we left there to just browse around Hilo. It started to rain on us but it was expected because Hilo is supposedly rainy a lot during the year. We stumbled across some friends and student from SAS that were getting tattoos so we went in to see what they were getting. When we got inside I had an overwhelming sensation to add something to my body, I am not going to tell you what I got, but James got a lot of pictures and I will surprise you with it when I get home. No hints this time. After getting my new addition we left the tattoo parlor, which was really clean and great, and then ran into some more friends at a burrito shop. We went inside and saw that they were drinking some Kona beer and they told us they got it from a local grocery store that was nearby. James and I left there because we needed to go to the grocery anyway and wanted to still drink. When we got to the grocery store we bought some local brews, specifically because I wanted labels since I have been collecting them all around the world, one of the only things I have gotten from each country. I also got some thank you cards for my professors and one of our waiters because I think they have all been really fantastic. After leaving the grocery store we went back to the burrito shop and hung out with our friends. We talked about a lot of things and had a really good time there. When we were all growing tired of that place we left and went to a sports bar so we could watch the hockey game that was on. I ordered a couple more drinks and bought another round of shots for my friends and me to celebrate what we were all sharing. After the sports bar we left to another bar where I got to talk with even more students about the voyage and what they had learned. The main thing I asked them to do was sum up in one word what they thought this voyage represented to them. “Epic, adventurous, educating, life-changing, amazing, and maturity,” were all words that I got. The one word that I would sum up this trip in is love; love for people, friends, the world, nations, cultures, learning, really love for any and everything. I had a great time at the bars and spending time with my friends, especially with James because of how interesting our relationship has been throughout the course of this voyage. We left the bars and returned to the ship for a BBQ and then I went to bed because I was exhausted from the previous nights of studying.
I had an amazing time in Hawaii and really cannot wait until I am able to return. I have had an amazing time on this voyage with all of my friends and think I am really lucky that a lot of them will be there in Colorado when I get back and throughout the summer. I hope that you all will have an opportunity to meet them and maybe share some new experiences. I have a lot of studying to do for my finals and then packing because my voyage is coming to an end. I am absolutely thankful that I got to experience this voyage because it has been the best one in my life thus far. I will see you all really soon!
Lots of Love,