August 28, 2008

back to the USA

Posted in USA - boston tagged , , at 5:58 am by Malia Yoshioka

i was too sleep-deprived to think about it much when i was stumbling in the dark at my hostel to get my bags together for a 5:30am shuttle to the airport, but once i made it through security i realized: i am really going to miss ireland. five days definitely wasn’t enough time to see it properly, so someday i’ll have to go back. i sat down to enjoy my last full irish breakfast, also known as a “heart attack on a plate,” while finishing up the last of my postcards to be mailed from overseas…
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August 25, 2008

the world is your oyster

Posted in ireland tagged , , , , at 6:44 pm by Malia Yoshioka

“the world was my oyster but i used the wrong fork.” – oscar wilde

oysters!
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August 23, 2008

guinness is good for you!

Posted in ireland tagged , , , at 3:32 am by Malia Yoshioka

i know there is far more to dublin than drinking pints of guinness in the quaint old pubs of the temple bar. but i couldn’t help it. it’s really, really good. and after all, it’s good for you.

guinness is good for you!
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August 21, 2008

leaving paris

Posted in paris tagged at 2:40 am by Malia Yoshioka

i arrived in paris
for the last time
for one more night
although bittersweet
it didn’t feel quite so final
as when i’d left last

ten years passed
since we’d parted ways
coming back was like
finding an old love
finding things unchanged
picking up where you left off

it’s a romance
not yet ready to die
i know i’ll be back
i know you’ll be waiting
yet its never easy
saying goodbye

pont alexandre III, paris
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August 20, 2008

hijacked

Posted in paris tagged , , at 7:01 am by Malia Yoshioka

why is it that on an entire plane full of normal, quiet people, the one family with a screaming two year old is iniveitably seated across the aisle from me? what do you do when your plane is hijacked by a two-year-old devil-child? i watched in amazement at first as the mother and daughter faced off in a battle of wills on whether the window shade should be open or closed.

the exchange goes something like this:

mother: blah blah blah blah blah (firmly pulling the window shade open)
bratty child: no! (slamming it closed with both her tiny hands)
mom: blah blah blah blah blah (now in a more pleading tone)
bratty child: NO! NO! (with a shake of her deceptively angelic blonde head of hair and a gleam in her steely grey-blue eyes)

for a moment i swear i can see horns growing out of the little girl’s head. yet her piercing shriek, as inhuman as it sounds – is definitely that of a real child.
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August 19, 2008

redemption!

Posted in rome tagged , , , , at 7:32 am by Malia Yoshioka

well i must say, things definitely got better after our last post! i normally hate to cram too much sightseeing into a short period of time because it tends to take away from your chance to actually tune into the heartbeat of a place, and to really get a feel for the life that you can live while you’re there. however, rome is SO full of history, so full of things we just HAD to see. so kim and i signed up for a few walking tours of the city to cover the major sights, and they were definitely worth it.
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August 17, 2008

rome: first impressions

Posted in rome tagged , , , , at 9:44 am by Malia Yoshioka

rome. so many things to see and do. visit the pope’s crib. admire the sistine chapel. relive gladiator in the coloseum. toss a coin into the trevi fountain. indulge in carbo-loading heaven. and we’ve only got 3 days!

arriving in rome, kim and i found our way to termini station and checked into our hostel. our room was three flights up a winding staircase and by the time we got up with our bags we were so tired! but there’s no rest for the weary. when in rome, you’ve got to do as the romans do, right? so we hit the streets, and i tested out my sense of direction to see if i could find the trevi fountain.
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August 14, 2008

the greek isles

Posted in greece tagged , , , , at 2:06 am by Malia Yoshioka

paros, greece

life in the greek isles moves at a deliciously slowwww pace. the picture above is from the island of paros, where you can wander the maze-like streets and get lost on purpose. (we spent most of the afternoon doing this).

today we’re on the island of mykonos which is more popular, yet i actually think i liked the slower pace and the quiet hush of the streets in paros better! granted, we’re not getting to see all of these islands in the 24 hours (or less!) that we remain in their ports, and so really this trip is just to whet our appetites for the greek isles. it’s like coming to hawaii and only getting to see waikiki!

we’ll definitely be back…

August 11, 2008

easy come, easy go

Posted in turkey tagged , , , , at 3:54 am by Malia Yoshioka

on worldhum.com the other day, i came across an amusing article titled seven reasons to have a foreign fling. hmmm….

so far, none to report here. although leaving the port at bodrum, turkey yesterday, i did get a marriage proposal from the port security officer, a charming young man named ilker. as we headed back to the ship, he called out to the man at the tacky little souvenir stand nearby to see if they had rings, so we could seal the deal. when i checked my email today, there was a message from ilker asking “wouldn’t you rather live in bodrum?”
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August 9, 2008

hacking easycruise: day 1

Posted in greece tagged , , at 12:10 am by Malia Yoshioka

it’s 6pm and we’re on the back deck of the easycruise ship watching the haze of athens recede into the horizon. so far so good for kim and i, which is pretty amazing given our last experience together on a ship. we spent the entire hour aboard the “fun ship” in nusa lembongan, bali curled up in the fetal position, wanting to die.

i watch as a seagull soars effortlessly overhead, keeping pace with the ship, while taking a sip from the “cocktail of the day” – a sugary sweet concoction that tastes a little like a melted popsicle to me but has enough alcohol to make it worth the five euro price tag. stretching my legs out on the deck chair in front of me, i sigh. i know i’ve been traveling for seven months now, but it actually feels like a vacation for once!
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