Landing so early meant the hotel room was not ready for us, so we parked our bags and found a Starbucks. Nothing says Welcome to America like a Grande Caramel Macchiato for me! Then a parade found us. Jet lag was not far behind. It caught up with us like an exhausted bad guy, huffing and puffing and smacking us all in the head. Let me tell you, jet lag makes an unfamiliar parade a really wacky experience!
Or maybe it is just a really wacky parade? I mean, except for the Hawaiian cheerleading team early on the only high school marching bands were from Missouri. Pretty sure the guy riding under the lycra American flag, just turned the corner and joined some low riders… And then there were cars full of ladies in black with black umbrellas who drove by silently. The entire parade would stop for red lights which meant we all had to take a break every few moments. Nothing kills the momentum of a parade like the awkward silence as we all just sit there staring at each other. You can only say Aloha so many times before it becomes forced.
Also, don’t try to win mother of the year, I already have seen her. Her name is Debbie.
After the last Hawaiian princess rode on her way, we implored the hotel to find us a clean room so we could rest. To complete our welcome on arrival, we busted open a few boxes of American favourites.
The day and trip continue in posts to come!
I have captured the whole experience of our arrival on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 that I am testing for the next 3 months. It is a great camera and so far my favourite part has to be how easy it is to change the exposure value on the fly. Just adjust via a dial right next to the shutter button, unlike all other cameras I have ever had where you had to go through a menu or use a series of buttons, this is so fluid and makes fine tuning exposure so easy while shooting in aperture priority*. I have been shooting everything in RAW and jpeg and editing in Lightroom. There are art filters in the camera, but I have not tried them yet. The images coming straight out of the camera are pretty perfect, so I have not done much in the RAW conversion of these. I am pretty impressed with everything about this camera. My little Fuji friend should be worried.
*What? I’m on holiday!