We’re catching our flight home today and I’m fifteen different sorts of weepy over it. Thankfully though, I haven’t had too much time to wallow as I’m struggling to fit all of the stuff I bought into my suitcase. Note to self: next time, bring an extra, empty suitcase to stash souvenirs. While we’re flying back over the Atlantic, here’s a relaxing story about the island of Kauai, brought to you by the same girl who sent me my Orla Kiely scarf (thanks, Nina! I wore it all over this trip).
Hello, I’m Nina from living in 40 and Erin invited me to share one of my most memorable vacation stories. I wonder where she is right now, still in Brussels, Bruges or Paris? Wherever she is in Europe, I bet she is enjoying herself! Can’t wait for her to share her stories when she gets back.
Do you have a happy place where you like to escape to when life is too hectic and overwhelming? I like to escape to Kauai, more specifically to Kealia Landing, a house where we spent a week in 2008. Our then landlords, who were also our neighbors and friends, asked us if we wanted to join them and three of their friends on a vacation to Kauai. We had enough airline miles saved up to get our flights for free, so of course we had to say yes. And off to Kauai we went.
When not hiking, swimming, snorkeling, hanging out on the beach I loved to sit on the terrace, which overlooked the beach below, and just watched the waves or the sky. So relaxing! Usually I’m a person who can’t sit still and have a hard time just to sit around and do nothing but being in such a beautiful place I was able to unwind and relax…I even liked to get up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise and snuggle back into bed for another hour after. The sunrises and sunsets were amazing, I wish I could go again (any Hawaiian island would be fine) but until I am be able to make it back imaginary trips will have to be enough. All in all, the trip was just magical, great company, food and the island was just so lush and beautiful.
During two previous trips to the islands of Oahu and Maui I discovered that if I pronounce any Hawaiian word/name how I would in German I would be right in 99% of the cases. It’s the vowels that are pronounced like they would be in German but I can’t say the word Humuhumunukunukuāpua’a, the word is a serious tongue-twister. Maybe if you or I can say it three times in a row we will be transported to a nice Hawaiian beach.
What is your happy place? Where do you escape to if life is a little bit rough on you?
I’ve never been to Hawaii, but after two different trusted ladies recommended it so highly, I think I might have to make the trip! If only for those sunsets! Nina, you’re the best, thank you so much!