Where it all began...
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
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So this is where it all began about three years ago in November!  My love of travel was always there and I did travel frequently but I was not able to spend as much time as I would like in a place.  I had also never been to too many states other than those up and down the east coast.  I am lucky that with my job, I had the option to travel.  Basically how it works is a hospital is in need of a Respiratory Therapist and they have a position for usually about 13 weeks.  If the hospital still has a need and they think you are a good fit, often you can stay longer.  This is how I ended up in Hawaii.  A 16 week assignment ended up turning into about a year.  I don't think anyone could blame me!  As much as I loved Hawaii, I had to continue my adventures to see all this country had to offer.  

 

When I first stepped out of my apartment and walked a block and a half to the ocean I started squealing on the phone with my best friend.  This place was unreal...there was no way I was really in Hawaii with this water and view.  I was in heaven and this was only the beginning.  

 

 

 

I could not fathom that my life for the next 16 weeks would be this!  (I had no idea I would stay a whole year at the time!)  My travel company ended up changing my apartment which was less than a mile away in a high rise, which turned out to be near the Hilton Hawaiian and lagoon.  I was thrilled with the new location where I had an ocean view from my windows.  There were a couple buildings that did not make the view unobstructed but I was lucky to see the sunset every night if I decided to from my room.  

 

Venturing out of my apartment and crossing the street to the beach gave me a perfect view of Diamondhead (shown immediately below) off in the distance from Waikiki Beach.  It was a little less congested down by the lagoon and Ala Wai Canal so I was perfectly content with my new "house".

 

 

 

I lucked out with this being my first travel assignment and being so far from home because a friend that I worked with from my home state was actually from Hawaii.  She gave me her mother and sisters contact information.  Her mom became such a huge help to me.  She gave me bus maps, local words that I should learn, new foods to try and a tour guide!  She was not the biggest fan of the sun and the beach but she learned quickly that I am obsessed with water and she decided to take me around the island.  She showed me so many places that I would later go back and check out more later during my stay.  Hanauma Bay (posted below) was one of the main places she brought me to that I could not wait to go back and snorkle at! 

 

 

The first week or so was overwhelming, in a great way though.  I left all my family and friends behind and not a state or two away...an ocean between us and depending on daylight savings time a 5-6 hour time difference.  There was going to be some adjusting to do and I was back on nightshift!  I can honestly say it was all worth it!  This was the perfect beginning of my crush on traveling turning on to a full fledged passion.  More exploring would soon follow....

Tags: Oahu, Hawaii
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Erin May - I'm so glad you all visited!! It was such an amazing time we all got to share there! I can't wait to see you guys on more adventures! Xoxo
Carlie - You're awesome!! We are so happy to have had the chance to visit you in Hawaii! Thanks for basically letting 4 strangers (not anymore) sleep on your floor & for being an amazing tour guide!!!! We hope to visit you at your next assignment!
Carlie - You're awesome!! We are so happy to have had the chance to visit you in Hawaii! Thanks for basically letting 4 strangers (not anymore) sleep on your floor & for being an amazing tour guide!!!! We hope to visit you at your next assignment!