In fact, one spot in Hawaii the Mt Wai'ale'ale Crater on Kauai is said to be the wettest place on earth with some inches of rain a year!
We have of course picked up a few things along the way about how to best get through travel days, but two of the most important are: Travel days are like fingerprints — no two are alike. They can go well or not, and attitude is everything.
Travel days are not a good time to be cheap. We found that traveling by train was our favorite way to get between places in Europe, if possible. Train travel was also usually more economic than flying, but not always — sometimes between destinations train schedules took longer and used up valuable time, or cost more than flying.
During our time in Europe we took the train whenever possible, but flew when that made more sense both in time and money. Although we flew from Rome to Lisbon, we had a good travel day yesterday. A driver picked us up at our apartment in Rome and took us out to the airport.
We had a nearly six-hour wait before our flight departed, but the airport was organized and clean, we read our books or played games on our phones, had a nice meal in the airport restaurant, and the time felt like it went by quickly.
The beginnings of an amazing sunset as our plane headed out over the Mediterranean Sea. It went from orange to the deepest red I have ever seen in nature, and everything in between.
It also lasted for over an hour. We then took a crowded tram to the Bordeaux train station where we boarded a bus for an approximately minute ride to the airport.
The Bordeaux airport was, to be generous, a nightmare, and we were already pretty worn out when we arrived. There were no signs for where Ryanair was located, and once we finally found them, after walking back and forth through the airport a couple of times, their desk agents had no idea what was going on, where to send people or when to have them board the plane one woman actually passed out in the line while we waited like cattle in an overheated room.
We eventually got in line at the ticket window but thankfully an employee came up to us and sold us tickets on the spot; signs told us to go to Track 19 to catch our train. We ended up descending three long escalators along with our suitcases and backpacks into what felt like the bowels of the earth to find Track Our train arrived a bit late, but we boarded, found our seats and around 35 minutes or so later we were in Florence.
We hired a taxi and were soon at our apartment. However, the word exhausted is inadequate to describe how we felt at that point. Spending a little more to make things easier can make a big difference in whether we arrive tired or arrive exhausted, or whether we have a good travel day or a miserable one.
This does not mean purchasing expensive seats in first or business class although they were often well within our budget on the trains we tookbut using more personalized local transportation whenever possible. That trip to the airport was worth every extra euro we paid.
Our taxi driver in Lisbon was a champion — our apartment is on a very narrow street that only taxis are allowed to enter, but it took him, a seasoned local, several tries to figure it out.
He worked hard to speak English with us the whole time and let us know what was going on. We could have taken the Metro and a bus in Rome to get to the airport and saved quite a few euros, and the same upon arrival in Lisbon, although we would have had to walk four blocks up a steep hill wearing our backpacks and pulling our suitcases.
We have been very fortunate and had wonderful taxi drivers well, except for that weird old guy in Bordeaux who have shared great tips about what to see, where to shop, where to eat, and so forth.
They have been worth every extra penny we paid to use them. We fly to Madrid in the late afternoon on Day 1 meaning a long wait in the Lisbon airport prior to our flight since we have to be out of our apartment in the morningand will spend the night at a hotel near the Madrid airport.Aug 05, · Hop aboard a deluxe two-person kayak for a leisurely 2-mile ( km) paddle down the Hule'ia River.
Disembark along waterfalls in the natural pools, then hop aboard a tractor pull covered wagon for a scenic ride across Kipu Ranch. You may recognize the landscape from movies like Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark.5/5(51).
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Students will divide into groups. Each group will develop their own way of “writing with rope”—developing a written language like quipu.
The method can use all or only some of what we know about actual quipu (e.g., the different types of knots used). This compilation is dedicated to the memory of our nameless forebears, who were the inventors of the pens and inks, paper and incunabula, glyphs and alphabets.
Sep 09, · Meet at Kipu Ranch and gear up with a provided helmet and safety goggles. Get a lesson in operating a 2- or 4-person 4WD vehicle, and practice a bit if you decide to take the driver’s seat.
Head out with a guide to tackle challenging, unpaved trails that climb feet ( meters) from sea level to the top of Mt. Haupu and Kipu Kai ridge.5/5().