The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

A Gorgeous Day On Waikiki Beach, Honolulu (John Dunbar And Me)

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu (l-r: Uncle David, Aunty Dee, Uncle Mun, Me)

University Of Hawaii Versus University Of Nevada, Reno--UH Won 41-34 In A...


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2006. HONOLULU, HAWAII, USA. I've arrived back in the good ole US of A. I'll be in Honolulu for a week and then fly to Los Angeles. Just before boarding my flight from Sydney to Honolulu, I spoke with my landlord's property manager and learned that I need to vacate my apartment this month due to circumstances beyond my control. Since I won't have a place to live, I might as well continue travelling. I just need to renew my passport and put the rest of my stuff in storage before heading to South America. The adventure continues!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006. HONOLULU, HAWAII. Howzit from Hawaii. My friend from Maui, John Dunbar, is staying with me at my parents' home while in town for personal business (My parents are still in Australia touring Tazmania). In 1978, John was part of a group of a dozen men who started what would later be called the Ironman Triathalon. The event came about over a discussion amongst friends about who was the better athlete: Swimmers, cyclists, or runners. They decided to settle it like men do: A race starting with a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride and ending with a 26.2-mile run. The initial event was held in Honolulu starting at San Souci Beach in Waikiki. John came in second the first two years of the event. In the first year, John says he would have won if his support team--one person--a guy named Juan (driving John's van that he lived in at the time), hadn't run out of water and given him beer (two Budweisers) at the 20 mile mark of the run. John finished with a time of 12 hours 20 minutes. Sports Illustrated wrote that, at the end, John was staggering into parked cars and accusing Juan of trying to poison him (John says both descriptions are entirely false; In the second year, John did go to the starting line wearing a Superman outfit). And thus began the Ironman Triathlon. This year's Ironman championship takes place later this month on October 21st in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2006. HONOLULU, HAWAII. My Uncle David and Aunty Dee invited me to a college football game last night between the University of Hawaii and the University of Nevada-Reno at Aloha Stadium. It was a very entertaining and exciting game. UH won by a score of 41 to 34.

Many have asked me what has been the best place that I have travelled to so far on my around the world trip. This is a difficult question to answer as it really depends on one's personal interests and preferences. One place, however, that should definitely not be missed is Bali, Indonesia. Bali is a magical place: It has friendly locals, fabulous food, great accommodation, amazing Balinese culture (don't miss Ubud), beautiful arts, awesome natural beauty, and wonderful shopping. What more can you ask for? Best of all (for budget travellers in particular), it's one of the cheapest destinations in the world (Like anywhere, though, you can also spend as much as you wish). There is no place quite like it on Earth. And there is no better time to go than now. (Bali is still recovering from the terrorist bombing in 2002 and more recently in 2005. Although there will always be a risk of another terrorist bombing/incident, the risk of death or injury to any individual traveller is extremely remote.) The Balinese will warmly welcome your visit, and it will be an experience you will not soon forget.

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So what's next? I've sent in my passport for renewal--It was due to expire at the end of this year (and it was also completely full). Once I get my new passport, I will book a flight to southern Argentina or Chile, and continue my travels through South America and Central America. In the meantime, I fly to Los Angeles on Tuesday to move out of my apartment and store my belongings.



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