Eva's airplane germs have moved from a fever to just a rash, and my own have now hit me full force. I even called in sick to church tomorrow, which I haven't done since I don't even remember when. I'm pretty woozy and probably shouldn't be blogging.
Kauai (Coconut Coast)
In the spirit of woozy, shouldn't-be-bloggingness, a couple of random notes:
(1) Here in Japan, we drive on the left side of the road (pretty old school post there). That leads to confusion when we visit the States; everything is thrown off, including which side your windshield wiper and blinker knobs are on. (Know what else leads to confusion? How we here call the rest of Japan "the mainland" but in Hawaii people call the contiguous U.S. "the mainland".) My Hawaii car mishap stats are:
Drove on the wrong side of the road: only 1 time
Had trouble parking because of miscalculating distances: ~ 50% of the time
Misused windshield wipers versus blinkers: blatantly
Walked up to the wrong side of the car to get in: 100% of the time
(2) We had the most wonderful This Is Asia moment on the plane to HI. As I was sitting there, barely suppressing moans at my inability to sleep, back pain, and narrowly-avoided calf cramps (I should mention that I am very much in the supersmeller stage of pregnancy right now) , the man across the aisle from me decided to remove his shoes and massage heavily scented oil into his feet. There were three separate instances of this.
(3) In a This Is Still Sort of Asia moment, we came across a Lawson Station in Waikiki. The nicest Lawson Station on the planet, of course. Although I guess J-Mainland people might have nicer ones up there. For you US-Mainlanders, this is a convenience store that is placed approximately every 10 feet in Japan.
(4) I had what I take to be a very Hawaiian (Honoluluan?) moment on our last day: Driving on the H1, stuck in stopped traffic, in a light drizzle, when a full rainbow appeared over the road.