Monday, February 23, 2015

Reality




Ok, so i didn't actually have time to post another quick one before leaving beautiful Maui.
Yup, i'm back in Berlin already!
We actually tried to change my ticket a few days ago, cause there was still so much work to be done at the house, and also we were having fun so going home just seemed like a bad idea, but unfortunately it was way too expensive.
So yeah, i'm back.

The trip home was long, but easy, and on my third flight i even had a row to myself.
I slept a lot, it was awesome.
And i still get such a kick out of being able to travel by myself.
Like, i don't think people who haven't suffered from anxiety get what a big deal it is, but it really is huge, and i'm so proud of myself every time i board a plane all by myself in some faraway location.

Sorry, but i landed early this morning, so i'm not really in any condition to say all the things i want to say, so i'll just skip ahead and write a bit about my last day in Maui, and post some pictures.
And i apologize in advance for any typos, i'll catch them tomorrow.
Cool?
Ok.

On my second to last day we'd booked rooms at a resort in Lahaina for the night, cause Crystal had a friend coming over from Oahu to celebrate his birthday.
Obviously i hadn't met him, or his friends, before, but they all turned out to be awesome people, and we had the funnest night at a hotel that would have been considered fancy as hell in the early eighties.
I seriously love meeting new people!
We all went to bed late after a night of laughing, drinking and chasing Minnesotans out of hot tubs, and the next day we had the most delicious breakfast, followed by swimming at an amazing beach on the way back to Paia.
Once we were back, we made a quick stop at the house, where i took a shower and packed my shit, and then we headed to the shop for last minute souvenir tattoos and pizza, before going to the airport.
Kind of the perfect last day, actually!

Ok, that's all i got, my brain is so not ready to construct sentences, so i'll post again soon, and write more about the trip, the island, the work, the turtles.
All of it!
But for now i need to just chill with the dog.
And possibly drink more coffee.
Yes, definitely more coffee.



Classic Maui

Yes to coffee

Closeup

Decorating is always fun, but even more so when you have cool shit like this to work with... i kinda wish decorating cute shops was my full time job

Pretty (dead) palomita on the way to town

Love this place

Wendy sent me this


With a cute bathroom, perfect for, uhm, taking pictures of your camera? 
Whatever, i don't judge you!

New Tokyo Rose Boutique fitting room

Gotta love a good turtle mural 

Oahu party squad

Slightly overdressed, but at this point i hadn't worn makeup in days, so i got excited!

Onolicious indeed

Eggs Benedict and hashbrowns
 

Saying goodbye to the beach (and hello to eating healthy and working out again, because extra weight, because 'Murica)

Probably my favorite beach of the ones i went to

Except for this...

Oh, beach life, i miss it already...
 

My awesome little crew filler, right on top of one of my many bruises

No, Starbucks, that's not my name

Landing early in the morning means coffee date with Lucifer and this babe

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Island life




No no, don't let the coconut water fool you, i'm anything but healthy here!
We cook at home, and we try to be healthy, sure, but this is America, all Europeans coming here are doomed to gain weight, and the sad part is that we know it.
But i won't complain, the island life is worth the few extra pounds currently sitting on my belly, and i'll just have to work out harder when i get home.

So, things we've been doing recently, besides work, in no particular order....

Me and Tali went to a random beach on the way to the tattoo shop, decided to check out the water, and ended up swimming with two sea turtles for like an hour.
Went to Iao Valley while waiting for the printers to get stuff ready for us, and took a swim in a very cold stream, and climbed a bit of mountain.
Tried out a coffee place... like a real one!
And went day drinking with Leah from the tattoo shop at Willie Nelson's bar.
Went on a midnight shopping trip to Walmart, and came home with mostly ice cream and Tums.
Walked the dog in the hood and on the beach, always meeting friendly neighbors who wanna say hi or chat.
Spent an evening hanging out on our friends' porch, drinking whiskey, listening to country, surrounded by cats, dogs, and chickens in trees.
Swam at a beach with waves so crazy they basically carried me out to sea in seconds, and i decided there and then that i never want to be a surfer.
Went back to shore, and watched a crab dig a hole for about an hour.
Saw Twin Falls. First waterfall was full of tourists, but the second we pretty much had to ourselves, and we swam, climbed, and dried off on big warm rocks like lizards.
What else?
A ton of things, probably, but it's still early, like pre-coffee early, so i don't know!

We bust our asses working at the house or at the shop, and i don't get to see much outside of Paia, but i love it, and just being here is enough.
And hey, i got to see turtles, completely without planning it, so who cares if i don't get to do all the touristy stuff this time around.

Is it weird how quickly i adapt to new places?
I don't know if others do that too, but i get to a new place, and i make myself at home pretty much straight away, and i kind of forget about my life at home... not counting my friends and my dog, of course.

I'm off to work now, but i hope to post another quick one before i leave... which is too soon.
I think i could stay here for another month and stay busy the whole time, and i feel like i've been living with these girls forever already, but my new home awaits in Berlin, so i can't stay in Paradise forever.
Right?



Work

Walking the wolf

The backyard

Classic beach selfie

Anthony's

Brewed with aloha and tasty as hell

Beach view

Saw an even smaller one today, caught it, and moved it outside

Went swimming in a waterfall and climbed enough stairs to turn our legs into jelly

The beach where i went swimming with turtles

Twin Falls part one

Twin Falls part two was even better... more sun and less people


Tour guide


Lilikoi fresh from the tree

Cat and dog heaven... chickens too!

Different view, same cat

Amazing kitchen

Always cruising in trucks

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Aloha



What, too obvious?
The title, i mean.
Maybe so, but i am in Hawaii, Maui to be specific, and since my regional vocabulary is somewhat limited, i stand by my choice!

I'm sure most of you already knew from instagram that i was here, but i still hope one or two of my readers are surprised.
If not, feel free to pretend to be!

I left Berlin early Wednesday morning.
I seem to be getting used to those early morning flights*, cause even though i only had about three hours of sleep, i felt well rested and happy when i left the house at five in the morning.
With layovers in London and Vancouver, i already knew the trip here was gonna be a long one, but to be honest, it went pretty smooth.
I killed six hours in Heathrow by drinking coffee, reading, and talking to my friends on whatsapp, and in Vancouver i went straight from one plane to the next, and even though that plane was full of screaming babies, it didn't bother me much.
I arrived in Maui around ten in the evening, and my friend Crystal was there to pick me up, and drive me to IHOP for some late night breakfast-for-dinner.
Don't laugh, it was the only place that was open, and many of us Europeans have a soft spot for American diners anyway!

Skipping ahead to today, my third day in Maui, and it's been raining almost all day, and last night there was a storm.
But even with the rain, it's great to be here, and since i am actually here to work, it's kinda good to have a rainy day once in a while.
Sounds cool, right, going to Hawaii to work?
At least i think so!
I've done it before, of course, traveled for work, but it's my first time doing it alone, so it's different.
And special.
And somewhat smarter than traveling across the planet to see some dude, huh?
So yeah, we've worked a lot for the last couple of days, but i'm enjoying the work and the company, and i'm sure my awesome hosts are gonna show me lots of cool places in the next couple of days.

Tonight we went to a local pizza place where i stood right next to hunky movie star Owen Wilson for a good ten minutes, we played dice games for prices while waiting for food, and on the way there we made some European hitchhikers very happy by letting them ride in the back of the truck on the way to town.

I stole Wendy's tiny laptop for the trip, so i'm sure i'll be able to do a few more posts while i'm here.
Until then, here are the first batch of iPhone goodness, featuring mainly dogs and palm trees.
Not a bad thing if you ask me!



Going for that first swim

Kiku

From Berlin to this

Banana face!

Cute little house in Paia

Always hanging out in tattoo shops

Tali and Crystal introducing me to shaved ice (no, i never even had it in Japan)

Tiger blood and Pina Colada


More Paia prettiness


Obviously not today

Yesterday we took a shit ton of boxes to be recycled, and made a quick stop at an abandoned high school to take pictures and walk the dog

Things you find while emptying boxes... from my favorite anime Death Note

I bruised (broke?) my toe while swimming, and it's all gross and purple... even worse than in this picture, actually

Pretty girl in the sunset

 Always exploring

 Purple toe day two, now with random post office chihuahua

Friendly truck puppy


I only eat pizza where Owen Wilson eats pizza... no big deal


Just a five minute walk from the house... not bad at all



*Except for that one Christmas flight mentioned here and here... ahem.