This was me on Monday:
And now, this is me earlier today:
I think its safe to say things have improved drastically! I arrived last night in Kauai around 6:15 PM (local time). Christine picked me up at the airport and we headed to her home in Lihue (about a 5 minute drive). Unfortunately, it was already dark out so I couldn't take in the view, but at least the temperature was an improvement (it was probably high 70s - you know that perfect temperature, not too hot, not cold, not humid... just perfect).
Steve (Christine's brother) and Nao (his wife - married this past summer) cooked us a great dinner (sweet and sour chicken) and then we exchanged Christmas gifts. I now have full Hawaii gear, including board shorts, a Local Motion t-shirt, and a very nice Hawaiian flowered shirt (as Christine said, the real deal, not the "touristy" stuff). Now if I can just figure out a way to tan instead of burn and freckle, I should fit right in.
After dinner, Christine, her dad, and I settled in to watch the Red Sox "Faith Rewarded" DVD which I had brought him from home. Nothing like a little Red Sox talk to kick things off!
We went to bed pretty early (Hawaii is 5 hours behind Boston so I have a little bit of jet lag to work off). Early to bed turned out to be a good thing, because right about 5 AM the roosters decided to wake us up. They do this every morning here - apparently several years back some roosters and chickens got loose and now they are everywhere. Christine's neighbors are nice enough to feed them so they hang around. Interestingly, Old McDonald was wrong, roosters don't really "cock-a-doodle-do" - it sounds more like a muffled scream.
We got going around 9 AM, ran a bunch of errands, and then Christine and I went to Mark's Place for an lunch around noon. For those of you from Swampscott, Mark's Place sort of reminded me of their version of Cindy's. Its a small hole in the wall place, but it was packed and the food was unbelievable. I had Chicken Katsu (a japanese preparation) it was a lightly breaded chicken, served over chinese noodles and with white rice. Basically, the Hawaiian version of a steak and cheese sub.
After lunch, we decided to drive up to Waimea Canyon. It's called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and it actually does look like it - although definitely a lot more color (especially green). It was beautiful, a little bit cloudy, so I'm not sure the pictures really capture the full effect, but it was a nice way to be introduced to Kauai. Let's just say the area surrounding Christine's home is a bit nicer than Lynn and Revere.
After our drive, we came home and cooked dinner for Christine's family. Everyone said it was "ono" (which means delicious) so I guess we did a good job. We'll be relaxing the rest of the evening (it's raining pretty good outside) and preparing for another full day tomorrow - Christine's birthday!
Also, I uploaded my first batch of pictures - you should see a "Photo Albums" section to the right. From now on any new pictures I add will appear in this section.