Sunday, April 12, 2009

Our Love Story: Travel & Quirks

After a lot of excitement and planning, we landed on the Island of Oahu. As soon as the tropical air touched my skin, I felt better and calm. I am sure that Hawaii is my paradise. Then we took a small plane to Kauai. Did I mention that we took a small plane? A small plane. Ah yes! The first test of our new relationship on vacation was getting me on and through the small plane ride. This was going to either make or break us or just break me.

We arrived at the small Hawaiian airport and waited to take our flight surrounded by honeymoon couples and lucky families. We were asked by inquiring minds how long we’ve been married. "One day", we answered.

So Honey had to help me through my quirk of not being afraid to fly. My reward for getting through the flight, was to stay on the most beautiful island of Kauai. I should mention here, that although Honey had never been to Kauai before, he felt he would one day retire there with a house on a beach. The house that he imagined will have invisible bathroom walls so he can still see the beach.

I held his hand tight during the flight and landing and I'm pretty sure I hurt him. At the Kauai airport we successfully found our rental car and drove through the incredible hills and waterfalls to our bed and breakfast. We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the palm trees, swimming pool and flowers.

Ah paradise!

And this is how I discovered my Honey’s quirky love for Costco. Let me explain. The next morning we were really excited about trying the breakfast. The owner of the hotel had put on quite a spread of fruits, cheeses, fresh breads, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee & tea, flowers from the garden, cereal and croissants. We ate almost everything and then Honey took a bite of his croissant and asked the owner, “Is there a Costco on the Island because these taste just like Costco's croissants.”

The owner seemed a little shocked and replied “Well, yes these croissants came from the local Costco.”

We all started laughing. Little did I know that this was my first true sign of Honey’s Costco obsession. I discovered another quirk when Honey told me he would not sleep in the sun. You know when you are lying in the sun on a beach chair and can hear the crash of the beach waves, feel the shade of a palm tree on your skin and you find yourself drifting off to sleep?
Honey will get up, go back to the hotel room and take a nap.

So I asked him, “I don’t understand. Do you not like the beach? Are you afraid of getting burned? Why don’t you just stay here on the beach and snooze?”

He replied “I like the bed and my covers.”

Learning to travel together can be quite an experience. But with each thing you learn, you get closer and closer. I tell myself, if I wanted someone that does everything exactly like me then I should just date myself. What quirks did you find in your partner? Any deal breakers?


Cora said...

Ohhhh I love Hawaii. I've only been once, for a blissful nine day vacation, and I really did not want to come home.

Susanna-Cole said...

Oh looks beautiful there, and I'm rather jealous of the warm weather, as it's rather chilly here! Hope you guys are having fun, or if you're back home that your trip was good! <3


Laura said...

Cora: Me too! I wanted to sell all of my things and open a t-shirt shop. I am sure everyone would understand. Sorry selling my stuff as I am off to Paradise!

Susanna-Cole: Thanx sweetie. This was a couple of years ago and it was an amazing trip. I hope it gets warmer in NY for you. Thanx for your comment xoxo

Joanie M said...

Hawaii is on my list of places to visit. I hope to do so one day.

Laura said...

Joanie M: I hope that you get to go really soon. Thanx for you comment.

Renae said...

thank you to Fifi for introducing you to me through her blog. I really do like your writing...will keep watching for the latest in all of your stories!

Maggie May said...

everytime i visit your blog i hear that old randb song ' under the sheets'

your trip sounds like magic. how sweet, learning about each other :)

Laura said...

Renae: I am so glad you found me and thank you for commenting. Blessings to you as well.

Maggie May: Shucks and blush. Quirks are so funny. I must look up that song. Thanx L :)

Chocolate Lover said...

I love Kauai! What a beautiful island! I think if you can travel with someone and have a good time then you are a good match!