It is a grand adventure, coming to Europe for the first time. Long awaited, I marvel that the trees, countryside and people look much the same–was I expecting Oz and orange poppies? Or people with Spock’s pointed ears, perhaps? I probably have “naive American” painted all over my face (it occurs to me that only 1 letter separates “naive” from “native”, after all).
Crime and grime?
I think not. Oh, there’s garbage along the street all right and unsavory smells every so often– yes, we lock the car doors as we drive through town but that’s nothing compared to the dazzling color of life teeming within.
Hot? You bet. But trade winds gentle the heat. It must be from the storm brewing, threatening to become a hurricane later this week… But today, I’m just happy to be living the life…
Nada hurricane to worry about after all… And so much to do on this lush island!
Imagine cruising the Carribean in a boat headed to a lagoon of magical sparkles flitting in the sea, seeming to reflect the glitter of stars above. Marine biologists call it chemoluminescence–plankton with pizazz (dinoflagellates)–emitting neon blue/green light, dependent on a very specific set of environmental conditions. Puerto Rico has the distinction of having 3 areas– the most in the world. cid:0006F390-E01F-4C26-A995-72C8CD734C36
How do you know when you’ve been “islandized” (island-eyes-ed)?
1. You drive at least 10 miles under the speed limit.
2. You don’t care what time it is.
3. You feel naked without flowers in your hair.
4. You stop for donkeys, wild turkeys, and feral goats crossing the road.
5. You find yourself saying, “Is that another waterfall under that rainbow?
6. You start wondering if you should take up the ukulele and begin to want to mix it in with your rock and roll!
It’s been quite an adventure…
What to give back?
What makes Hawaiian clothes special? Colors, comfort and fabric design. (Our very own Rebekah Powers once designed Aloha fabrics forTori Richards, one of Hawaii’s most prominent shirt makers.) Mu Mus can be habit forming and are encouraged as business wear as are Aloha shirts on “Aloha Friday” each week.
Living 1/2 way up Mauna Kea (the world’s tallest mountain when measured from the ocean floor) is surprisingly moderate with a bit of a chill at times. But if i wait a little while as the sun lifts the cloud cover, i feel the kiss of the sun on my skin and the thaw from this past difficult and arduous Winter..
Flying west, with aloha on my mind…
30,000 miles up, at 6:00 a.m.,with the sun hot on our trail, the patchwork of land-tracts paint a crazy quilt below. Tiny houses scattered like debris across fields and cities… Meandering rivers split the landscape, determining natural boundaries and liquid borders.