Kevin and I said our final goodbyes to friends and family and needed to make our way "home" to New Zealand to get back into the daily grind. To break up a long flight, we decided to stop in Hawaii for two days before heading back to winter in the Southern Hemisphere. What a smart move, I'll tell you. Nothing beats spending 48 hours in paradise as opposed to a 13-hour non-stop flight.
So off we flew from Bellingham to Honolulu, greeted with complimentary mai-tais on the airplane before landing and feeling my hair grow as we stepped off the flight and into hot, humid bliss. We hunkered down in a hostel just outside of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and spent our two days soaking up the sun. At night, we enjoyed a delicious meal and walked around town, taking in as much island paradise as we could.
Well, we both had a bit too much sun the first day, resulting in some pretty awkward sunburns and forcing us to spend the next morning outside the hostel in the shade. As it started to cloud, we covered our burns as best we could and made our way out to Diamond Head for what was supposed to be a 1.5-2 hour hike. Because we were so scared of getting more sunburnt, we rocked Diamond Head in a mere 35 minutes, including a stop for photos at the top! And let me tell you, what a magnificent view!
That evening, we packed our bags and took a red-eye flight back to New Zealand. We told stories to our Kiwi friends of how amazing it was to see the friends and family that we could and how much we loved going back to Canada. However, for both Kevin and I, we were both looking forward to coming back to Wellington. It was comforting to feel that we are where we are supposed to be.
On a final note, we have been up to heeps of adventures since returning at the end of August. So look for lots of pictures and updates in the near future!