Day 1 – On our way to the paradise

Trip Start Dec 12, 2011
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Trip End Jan 10, 2012


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Here we go again. USA is in our hearts! The long travelling day has been quite exhausting since it began in early hours of Monday. Around 30h without proper rest is still nothing compared to the pain we are currently suffering in advance due to the return trip flight schedule which is total nuts…now we are happy to rest here in San Francisco before flying tomorrow morning, after good sleep, to Big Island and start exploring Hawaii straight away in full condition.

Currently accommodating in Hispanic San Bruno area in South SF where we found the closest Super 8 motel to SF airport. The location was chosen because of the local mall which offered us great shopping opportunities before heading to Hawaii. It is amazing to feel the real Christmas spirit in traditional US mall…one of the highlights today! The locals rush in between the shelves in order to find their Christmas presents while the Christmas tunes grinding on the speakers. Of course there was a real Santa Claus meeting the kids and cashing the parents in the photo shoots. Even we managed to get the greetings from this legendary old man.

We were quite tired to concentrate on shopping so after few purchases we decided to have a nice light dinner and leave rest of the shopping to the Hawaiian Islands. Next to the mall was BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant which seemed a really busy diner. Therefore, we thought that it has to be good chow down. And it was! But the thing was we weren’t prepared to take on this food challenge as we were almost sleepwalking. So food won this time X2.
 
Now we can’t wait to step on the volcanic ground tomorrow.

Onni
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