Travel plans

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Beach in Hawaii.

I have been in touch with US Representative Colleen Hanabusa’s offices here in Hawaii as well as in Washington, DC, and hope to secure tickets to the White House tour in August.  Of course, there is no guarantee we will get them, because it all depends on the Secret Service and the number of tourists applying.  But, once that is taken care of, someone from Hanabusa’s office will escort us through the Capitol building and show us places of interest to Hawaii residents.  I was truly impressed with the warmth and courtesy of her staff over the telephone.  David and I are looking forward to having a fine time in DC and Miami.

I regret promising my SIL, Pat, that we would accompany her on a trip to Italy next year.  It looks like I will have to renege for two reasons:  the cost of the tour, and the fatigue from flying across the Pacific and the Atlantic.  I nearly killed myself en route to and from Croatia back in 1990 and remember how sick and dizzy I felt when I landed.  In 1990, I was much younger.  Think how much more difficult it will be next year when I am 68.

Besides, I have already seen the best parts of Italy.  In 1969, I spent 2 weeks in Rome and the Vatican, 3 days in Florence, and 3 days in Venice.  It would be redundant to go again.

I guess this means we will focus our attention on the Pacific Rim (the Americas and Asia) for not more than a week at a time.  How does a week in Australia grab you?  David wants to cuddle a koala bear and go bungee jumping.  Me?  I’ll just cuddle a koala bear…

14 Responses to “Travel plans”

  1. denise Says:

    David is braver than me, I have a hard time getting onto a stepping stool, let alone jump off it, but I would love to cuddle a koala bear.

  2. Jeanie Says:

    David is brave to want to bungee jump. I can see the thrill, but don’t think it is something I want to do. You are smart to confine your traveling to distances that are comfortable to you.

  3. Arti Says:

    Nice plans there. You have travelled places Glenda!! Rome and Vatican must be so beautiful!!
    Australia sounds good too!
    Wish you a lovely day 🙂

  4. Grannymar Says:

    David wants to bungee jump with his knees? Brave man. I know my heart would survive it.

  5. L...w Says:

    We’ve been making month long trips for the last several years and I noticed a big difference this last trip. It didn’t go as smooth and carefree. Partly because of my back/hip. Having to monitor and adjust for it and having to do the PT exercises in the hotel room every morning was an added burden. So I imagine as you get older there are many more obstacles to consider and adapt for.


  6. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Tell David that bungee jumping is stupid, even if you are young. A good way to kill yourself with a heart attack, snapped neck vertebrae or something else. My 2 cents. Dianne

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I don’t need to tell him. He reads the comments every day. In fact, I saw an article that told of a woman in Australia whose bungee cord snapped and she fell into crocodile infested waters — and survived. Sheesh! Talk about luck, good and bad, eh?

  7. Christine Says:

    I drove past the White House many years ago. Will wait to hear your impressions.

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    When we fly a long distance we like to spend more than a week on a trip, just to make the most of the time and money involved in the flight. But then it’s hard for us to pick and choose. We like to see everything there is to see.
    We have not been to Italy, and it is the one foreign destination we are still contemplating.

  9. Musings Says:

    Australia and New Zealand was one of our best trips. We especially loved NZ. However, you don’t exactly cuddle a koala bear unless it’s a toy. 🙂

  10. DrumMajor Says:

    Oh David — There are easier ways to exit this earth. (My son did the bungee jumping at the same bridge/river about a year before the girl’s line snapped and put her with the crocs.)

    Ask your knee doc what he thinks. He’ll earn money if you get back home for him to do the surgeries at the same time on both knees.

    Your life insurance won’t be in effect when you do that. (I was wife of, and a former skydiver…I notice such fine print. I have 14 jumps myself.)

    A bad chiropractor could create the same effect.

    Consider zip lining instead. I think it’s okay for a guy of your stature. They even have seat/swings for couples to zip.

    Can’t you fly over the north pole to get to some of those vacation spots? But Australia and New Zealand are certainly closer. NZ now has a big tourist industry due to “The Hobbit,” where you can see the actual filmed landscapes and “holes.”

    Do koala bears really cuddle? I thought they were a bit aloof and independant?

    Maybe you can just watch some DVDs of bungee jumping on your big screen and pretend. Want to see my son’s? It’s nauseating just watching it!


  11. Steffi Says:

    Nice travel plans!

  12. Cathy Says:

    Planning is one half of the holiday I really enjoy – even more so now there is so much to find out about on the internet. We are taking a trip to Singapore later in the year and I’m at the ‘planning what to stage’. Even tho it will have changed we are going to relive the years we lived there in the 1960s – visiting old haunts and marvelling at all the new modern changes.

    There are fewer and fewer places allowing the public to ‘cuddle a Koala – some allow petting. They tend to pee on people and with the high incedence of chlamydia in their population there is a minute possibilty of passing on the diease.

    Thanks for your comments on Still Waters
    Take care

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