We just went on a trip to one of the islands of Hawaii a few weeks ago. If you noticed in my previous 201 posts, I very rarely mention names of any country, mainly because people can misinterpret things sometimes. From reading the comments on any news item – I notice that people’s opinion vary. No matter how beautiful or optimistic the message, someone somewhere always come out in the negative sense. I am trying to avoid negative input.
Hawaii is a different place though. I think 99.5% of the world’s population think of Hawaii as a paradise – and I believe that it’s the closest place to paradise. Except of course, it has bugs, strong waves and ocean currents in some areas, and stormy weather sometimes and other things not present in paradise.
I really didn’t take that much photos, even with my smartphone. I’d rather soak in the experience. I wish I spent a few more minutes soaking it all in but I was still in a “rush” mode so I didn’t. However, I felt that I slowed down a bit after the experience.
One of the places we went to was a private area which Hollywood uses for movie locations. It was lush but it doesn’t feel that you are in the wild. I felt that even if left alone in this place, I could easily survive on the fruits and the sugar cane and rainwater. I could easily find help in a matter of days because if I keep walking on a straight path I will definitely reach a beach front. And people frequent beaches.
One of it’s mountain peaks boasts of being one of the rainiest place on earth – how’s 450 inches in one year? That would take San Diego about 30-45 years to reach that much rainfall. The same peak would be very hard to explore because all the rain makes it so slippery to walk or climb. Most of it remain untouched by humans.
In any place I visit, I attribute the coolness factor of a place based on the food. And Hawaii doesn’t disappoint most of the time. There’s fresh tropical fruits and veggies. And for pescetarians – fresh fish abounds. You like meat? I think all their beef are grass fed.
It seems that things slow a little bit when we are in the Islands. You can’t drive really fast because the roads are not designed for fast driving. There are stop signs in the middle of a long highway and when it rains, it forces drivers to slow down. The views are spectacular so driving fast will make us miss the unique scenery.
Would I like to move there? For extended vacations, I won’t have a problem. But for residence – I think it would be hard for me to live in an island. Maybe I would feel too restricted on what I can do. But since I stay home most of the time, hate crowds, hate traffic, love pretty views, prefer a less hurried life – I think I’m compatible with island living. So if I get asked the same question five years from now – I might have a different answer.