Trip Planning Fun

We’re getting so excited about our upcoming vagabonding experience around Europe. We just bit the bullet and bought our airline tickets last night. We fly from Seattle on July 7th and return to Seattle on February 15th – just in time for the Olympics in Vancouver. Seven and a half months living out of a backpack – should be a memorable experience!! Emphasis on memorable – there’ll be no souvenirs! 😉

Our first hotel is in Amsterdam – it’s trendy and most importantly cheap. It’s called the Qbic – okay – truth be told, I was wooed by the multi-colored lighting options. We’re trying out the welcomerewards “stay 10 nights and get one night free” deal with Hotels.com – depending upon how we book in the future, it could really pay off for us – they limit you to 10 free nights in a year so that’s my goal. 😉

It’s really starting to become more real. I’m excited and scared all at once. Trying to nail down all of the things we need to take with us (but not too much)… ah…balance….

Graduation in Hawai`i

Graduation Party Fun

Graduation Party Fun

Graduation in Hawai`i truly is an experience like no other. On this very special day, the graduate is surrounded by the pride and aloha of their family. They are bestowed material evidence of this love in the form lei. The lei can be made from fresh flowers, candy, and even money. Once graduated, they are surrounded and enveloped by it.

 

Makana Graduates

Makana Graduates

The ubiquitous graduation party follows shortly thereafter and ours was no different. Friends and `ohana filled the Kapolei Recreation Center – laughter, dancing, and aloha packed the room. Everyone enjoyed the ono Hawaiian food and, as Maylene puts it, the generic island beer – Heineken.

Cousin Ikaika and his band, Hi-Town came over from Big Island and rocked the stage with irie reggae music. We danced until we dripped with sweat and then danced some more.  “Everybody form a line…”

Everyone should have a graduation experience like this!