October 18th, 2008

summer reading

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I'm going to Hawaii tomorrow.

I almost think that one sentence alone does just fine to explain my state of mind right now, but you know me - what could be said in one sentence, I must say in at least ten.

The thing is, I've been feeling very little excitement about it. I don't know why, but after booking my ticket I had a brief burst of YAY!; thereafter it just seemed like an abstract concept that's almost happening to someone else. Then yesterday I was doing some serious Googling, figuring out what I'm going to do with myself for the two extra days I'm staying after my business is concluded, and in the midst of it my Honolulu colleague confirmed I picked an excellent hotel as respects location for both being in the hop of things and, the main driver as I made my selection, feeling safe as a woman on her own, and the excitement started to build. Now I'm fully geared up. I have about two and a half days when I'll be on my own at the end of the week.

I've already booked myself to tour Shangri La and am excited to get to see all of the Middle Eastern art. They start the tour with a half an hour introduction at the Honolulu Art Center, then bus the tourists in and give a guided tour. Normally that kind of supervision and guidance would annoy me when it comes to looking at art, but in this case I know so very little about it that I'm glad there will be some people on hand who can explain eras and influences and locational permutations.

Now my big decision is whether I want to rent a vehicle for a day to go to the north shore. I see there's a town up there that looks like Old Time-y Hawaii - which I love - and there's the Dole Plantation on the way and the Turtle Bay Resort where I'm sure a good lunch or dinner could be had. I could also take public transport to get there, which in some ways I actually prefer. For one thing, I'm unfamiliar with the area and I don't particularly like driving new places and having to watch the road: I like to gawk and absorb it all. Then there's the fact that I'll be alone, but on a bus there's opportunity to talk to other people, most likely locals, which I really like. The downside is that the drive can be done in about an hour by car and will take twice as long on the bus. Finally, there's the cost and hassle factor with renting for one day: I'd have to make my way somewhere like the airport and go through the rental paperwork jig. For just a girl with a bag, I'd be able to make do with a small car so the cost wouldn't really be all that prohibitive, but the hassle of it all makes it feel like the cost is much higher. So. Guess I'll feel out some locals on the topic and decide on the day.

I also have a person set up to take me to Chinatown one afternoon, and I'm looking into things like visiting the Buddhist temple I can do on that day before or after the time when we'll meet up. Oh! There's also Hanauma Bay and Diamond Head Crater for me to consider for snorkling and hiking. I'm more likely to hike than snorkle since I won't have a buddy, but again - more decisions depending on how I feel on the day.

For now, I'm off to the gym for my favoritest class, then my daughter's soccer game, then packing. No, I haven't packed a thing yet. Eeek. I think it'll be ok, I know what I'm wearing - for the most part - for the business part of the trip. For some reason, the tricky thing is what to pack for the pleasure part. I say tricky because I'm resolved to pack less than I have for the last two trips I've taken there. I never end up wearing all the stuff, but I have to lug it all over the place, and that bugs me a great deal. I'm also resolved to spend a couple hours one morning doing laundry to help myself pack less - though who wants to do laundry when in paradise?