Sunday, September 21, 2008

Honeymoon

So I have been pretty lazy of late. Which is why I missed last weeks blog post. So I am back now and this will be last post that will focus on my wedding.

Honey Moon

So as mentioned before I went to Honolulu, Hawaii. It is on the island of Oahu. Although the islands is one of the smaller Hawaiian islands in terms of land mass it is the most populated. We chose Hawaii because 1) It was going to be a lot cheaper than Europe, 2) We thought it would be easy to get around. It really is not very different than any other American city. If you are looking for traditional Hawaiian culture it is going to be very hard to find. I am not sure what I was expecting but I did think there would be a little more history to see. Now I will list some of the highs and lows.

Highs

Island to Island Tour

On one day we did this tour where we flew to the "Big Island". The real point of going to the big island was to see the volcanoes. We did a helicopter tour of the volcano. If you look closely you can actually see the running lava. Unfortunately because of all of the twists and turns and helicopter was taking I started to get sick. Luckily the pilot landed soon or I am sure I would have thrown up.

The Hotel
We stayed in a five star resort. We told the check in guy that we were on our honeymoon and he upgraded the room for us for free and also gave up tickets for a free breakfast for everyday of our trip.

Getting Around

It was very easy to get any where we wanted to go. Just hop on the bus and $2 dollars later you are where you wanted to get to. There is a shuttle system that even includes a narrated tour. There is also a free shuttle that takes you to one store called HiLo Hattie.

Lows

Very Little Hawaiian culture

One of our tour guides told us that there are only about one thousand 100% pure Hawaiian left. Every one else is a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Samoan, etc... I think that is kind of sad. He also said that if you can prove that you are at least 50% Hawaiian then the state will rent you land at the rate of $1 per year.

The Food

This relates to my first complaint. There was not native food. If you want subway and McDonald's then you are in heaven. No matter what restaurant we went to they didn't have much to offer us.

The distance

the island is in the middle of the ocean. And you really do lose about a day of you vacation to travel time. There is no direct flight from Toronto. As such we had to fly to Vancouver first and then fly to Hawaii.

Overall it was a really good trip and I can see myself going back there someday.

Next week ... Fall TV show premiers.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Married Life

So I've had a busy few weeks. As you all know I got married 3 weeks ago. As a consequence I've been very busy and have not been able to write a post until now. I would like to thank all of you for coming and I hope you had a great time. I would also like to thank all of you for your very generous gifts. Our thank you cards are part of our photo video package. It will take at least a month to get them but as soon I we do we will send out the official thanks you's to everyone.

For the most part I think the wedding went off well. There were a few fires with the seating but other that that I have no complaints. I tried to make the seating so that it made sense. I put people at tables were they knew other people so hopefully everyone got along well.

My in-laws were in town for an additional week after the wedding so we did not leave for our honeymoon until the 25th. The honeymoon deserves a post of it's own so I will leave it for next week.

For now I will just say the married life is treating me very well so far.

That's it for this week.
Next week ... The honeymoon and settling in to my new home.