I Got Bitten by a Vampire at Cape Breton Island. Twice.

It was July 18, 2017, and we had just docked at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. We headed on the bus – all four of us – with several others and our guides, Claude and – well, I don’t remember what the other one’s name was. I only remember Claude, because he was telling us all a bunch of lies, like how the trees in Nova Scotia turn blue in the fall or that he met Charles de Gaulle and he was nearly seven feet tall. Lies.

After an hour and a half of Claude and what’s-his-name’s nonsense, we reached our destination: the trailhead to Uisage Ban Falls.

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What ACTUALLY Makes My Blog Different from All the Others? – Thanks, Pittsburgh, for that Realization

Things to Do in Pittsburgh Sunset

I’ve always thought that my blog was different from the thousands of other travel blogs out there.  My goal has been to try to show the adventures that you can have in every day life, not just when you leave your home.  I’ve been convinced that every single city, town, or village out there has something to do.  But then I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my belief was put to the test.  I could not find things to do in Pittsburgh.

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The Greek Festival of Honolulu: A Festival of the Gods

Greek Festival of Honolulu

Hawaii is always described as a melting pot of different cultures, but, let’s be real, it’s always thought of as a melting pot of Asian cultures.  I’ve even written quite a bit about the influence of the Asian cultures in Hawaii in my posts on Chinatown and the Japanese Byodo-In Temple.  However, there are other cultures in Hawaii that, while they have smaller populations, have an influential presence, like the Greeks.  Just this past weekend, Honolulu’s annual Greek Festival took place at Ala Moana Beach Park, and, as precedented by years past, my family and I stopped by.​

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My Rainy, Muddy, Spontaneous Manoa Falls Hike

Manoa Falls Tree Arch
…so this isn’t really how the hike started, but wouldn’t it be cool if it started with this awesome tree arch?!…

Monday morning, I woke up to a bunch of texts and phone calls from some friends telling me that they were going to hike Manoa Falls that morning.  I’d wanted to go on a hike the entire summer, but it just hadn’t happened.  But that day, it was going to happen.

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Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I had never been to the famous Aloha Stadium swap meet (flea market) until just a few days ago.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was definitely worth the experience.

After paying the entrance fee of $1 per person, we gained access to all of the booths surrounding the entire stadium.  They sold all sorts of items (catered mostly to tourists) at surprisingly cheap prices!  (Many of the booths sold 7 T-shirts for $20!)

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet Sarongs

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A Secret Lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii

Secret Lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii

Have you ever dreamt about having a beach all to yourself? With only the sound of the waves echoing in your ears? And rare marine animals for only you to enjoy? Well, I’ve found a place that’s pretty much pulled right from your imagination. I’ve found a secret lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

With all the tourists that flock to Hawaii each year, it’s hard to find a beach that isn’t packed wall-to-wall with people, but just a few hundred feet from the tourist hotspot of Ko Olina on the west side of Oahu, there’s a small, undiscovered oasis.

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