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Kauai Day 5: Picture Perfect

semi-overcast 84 °F

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We slept in a bit today, and started our day by driving to Koloa for lunch at the food truck courts. Daniel got a spicy green curry, and Catherine got curly fries with Kalua pork. It was very delicious. Afterwards, we looked at this memorial to the various immigrants that made the sugar industry possible, including the Hawaiians, the Anglo-Americans (called Caucasians on the plaque), the Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, and Filipinos.
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Daniel's mom met us in Koloa after lunch (she and Daniel's dad and Hilary had been in Hanapepe) and drove to Kapaa so that she could buy a ukelele. Daniel had bought a cavaquinho (the Portuguese ancestor of the ukulele) in Porto, but had broken a string and wanted to get it replaced. The shop, Kauai Music and Sound, was excellent. Kate was able to get a tenor ukulele, and Daniel got his string replaced and some advice about how to tune and play the instrument. Also, we had been dreading the traffic that seems to haunt the island on the weekdays, but on the weekend our road to Kapaa from Koloa was perfectly clear. Catherine thought we looked like a troupe of wandering minstrels.

After this, we headed back to Koloa/ Poipu to get ready for the party. Daniel's parents were hosting the entire family at their house, and Hilary had set up for a photographer to come and take professional portraits of the family.
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We took a lot of pictures right outside the house, then walked down to Shipwreck Beach to take some near the ocean.
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Aubrey walking with Daniel's grandma and Daniel's Aunt Vickie.
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Catherine with Aubrey. Daniel found a tree with pink plumerias to give to Catherine, Kate, Hilary, and Aubrey for the ocean pictures.
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Aubrey with a pink plumeria.
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Catherine with a pink plumeria.
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Us during the photo shoot.
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There was a ping-pong table in our garage, and so we had chairs around the garage and people were able to play ping-pong during the party. It was a lot of fun, and we think everyone enjoyed the party.

Posted by danielcatherine 20:35 Archived in USA Tagged traffic party filipino portugal hawaii chinese pictures hawaiian kauai catherine korean daniel kate portuguese plumeria ukulele cavaquinho aubrey koloa kapaa ping-pong Comments (0)

Kauai Day 1: Time Travelling

semi-overcast 84 °F

While our group...
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Visited beaches...
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Snacked on Portuguese food...
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And watched the Running of the Bulls on Terceira...
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We flew through the air, first from Boston to San Francisco and then from San Francisco to Kauai. Our flights were not bad: from Boston to San Francisco we sat in front of Catherine’s parents, and next to a woman from Boston who owns a ranch in Oregon. We had a nice conversation with her. After our flight, we parted ways with Catherine’s parents and flew to Kauai. Our seats were very nice because we had an empty third seat in our row.
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We got to Kauai, rented our car (which turned out to be a Jeep) and drove to the house that Daniel’s family is staying in. Our room is very comfortable and the towels are folded into a turtle. We are very excited to start this leg of our trip, and to explore Kauai!

Posted by danielcatherine 00:49 Archived in USA Tagged food beach san_francisco portugal seats boston kauai bulls Comments (1)

Portugal Day 2: Snacks on a Plane

Which is What Our Day Mostly Consisted Of...

sunny 73 °F

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We didn’t get to bed until about two in the morning, and we had to get up by four to make our flight. Daniel’s parents brought us to the San Francisco Airport, and we checked in with JetBlue, who we were flying to Boston.
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Us in the airport waiting to board. We had an upgrade to “Even More Space,” JetBlue’s Economy Plus. This entitled us to board slightly early.
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The Central Valley from the sky.
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JetBlue had a free pantry throughout the flight which allowed us to get snacks and drinks the entire time. Since our schedules were off from travel, it was nice to be able to eat as we desired.
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We got grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner at Johnny Rockets, then walked back to get to our plane. On the way over, we saw this Make Way for Ducklings themed mural.
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Our plane was named Pedro Nunes, after this Portuguese mathematician and astronomer. Daniel especially appreciates airlines that name their planes, like Hawaiian (which uses the names of navigationally-important stars), Aer Lingus (Irish saints) and now TAP Portugal as well.
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Our food options: pasta or meats. We got one of each, and tried a Portuguese beer called Sagres.
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Our first glimpses or Portugal: the lights of Lisbon through the clouds at sunrise. We are so excited to explore Portugal, but so tired. We will write about our adventures in Lisbon on Day 3!

Posted by danielcatherine 03:49 Archived in USA Tagged clouds san francisco lisbon portugal johnny_rockets boston snacks sagres pedro_nunes jet_blue Comments (1)

Portugal Day 1: Vamos!

sunny 100 °F

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Yesterday, Daniel went to Hanford to purchase some baked goods at the Portuguese bakery there. The pastel de nata and the biscoitos were especially delicious, but we can’t wait to try the ones in Portugal!
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We finished packing and then got on the road to San Jose. We fly out early in the morning tomorrow for Portugal (by way of Boston). Tonight, we had a delicious dinner with Daniel’s parents and then played a game of 500, our favorite card game. Now we need to get a small amount of sleep before flying out!

Posted by danielcatherine 00:08 Archived in USA Tagged portugal san_jose 500 selma hanford pastel_de_nata biscoitos Comments (2)

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