You know what they say, love makes the world go round. Well, in my case (as in many), money helps too. I've been in Honolulu for 18 months, nearly 19 months and in that time, I've managed my money very carefully. When I came over, I had a Travel Money card from CommBank. It worked really well - for the most part. I could put funds on the card in the currency I needed and just use. No fees, no
Business woman, mother, gamer, traveller.
March and April 2020 are sort of a blur. I'll say it several times as I write, the whole thing was a bit surreal. Hawaii issued mask mandates and shut down public gatherings, dining in and the like. They also started to limit access to parks, so getting out wasn't really possible. Of course, being the hermit type that I am, it wasn't really a problem. I had my computer games and the code I was writing, Netflix, Disney Plus,
I arrived in Honolulu in early February 2020 and was staying for 3 months. All good! We had plans. Touristy things for me to do - Iolani Palace, maybe the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Sea Life Park ... you know the usual stuff. We had tickets booked to see Jake Shimabukuro and there were other performers we were keen to see. I made it to the Mighty Mo - the USS Missouri Memorial - before it all changed. That was amazing and fantastic. Things
Do I start this with "It was a hot and fiery summer day"? I could, I suppose it was. It had been for a lot of December. There were fires to the south of Canberra and they were creeping closer, heavy smoke covered the valley of Tuggeranong and it was hot.I'm still not sure if it was hot because it was hot or because the smoke was so thick it held the heat in. The days just sort of melded