Oahu

Had a fun 5 days in Oahu, mainly spent checking out the beaches, doing some more snorkeling and avoiding Waikiki. We camped for a few nights, but the only camp site available to us was on the east side of the island where the wind was relentless. We were supposed to move to a different camp site but were warned by a lot of locals that the campsite wasn’t safe for foreigners, so instead we moved to a different hostel about 100 meters from Waimea Bay (second picture below). It was probably the best decision we could have made – we were over camping in the wind and rain and moved to one of the nicest spots on Oahu. We even managed to sell our camping gear for almost what we bought it for to a lovely and eccentric American lady with “too may kids to count”.  Oahu but were definitely spoiled by Kaua’i, though one day we’ll be back in Oahu to see the monster waves that arrive come winter.

We made our way to Tokyo safe and sound yesterday and loving it already. Absolutely no grasp on Japanese, though when we were on the train into the city from the airport yesterday a Japanese lady on the train said “excuse me?” in English and I responded with “Hi!” (Hai is “yes” in Japanese) so she thought I spoke Japanese. She continued to ask us about kangaroos, koalas, corn, the meaning of the stars on the Australian flag as well as the meaning of the coat of arms…. she then asked for my address and told me she was going to write me a letter – we managed to find ourselves a pen pal within an hour of being in Japan.

Great food for dinner last night surrounded by drunk Japanese business men, washed off the day in a shower that felt like a rainbow followed by not the best sleep in a dorm room of 8 other girls (who know little Japanese girls could snore so loudly?!). Up early this morning and off to explore. Already worried we don’t have enough time!

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