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When you plan for something, things will never work out the way you imagined. You need to make daily adjustments to ensure you are not going down the wrong path. Basically, when you go on a trip like this, nothing really changes that much. And everything changes at the same time.

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Work still needs to be done. We are still getting used to the concept of homeschooling. Astrid receives a few tasks in the evening and she has to take care of them before lunch. She tends to start working the moment she wakes up, trying to clean her plate before the fun begins. Becoming a member in the local library helped, too. Reading numerous books about volcanoes made her an expert. If you need somebody to talk about volcanoes, book her.

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We caught a wave at least once a day. Sometimes just walked to the local beaches to snorkel and discover weird fish.

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And some really weird creatures.

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Hawaii is an expensive place to live. Supermarket trips easily set you back $100. We learned quickly to buy fruit and vegetables from the local farmers market. That saves some money and the product is so much better. Still, a loaf of bread is $8, 6 organic eggs $6 and a breakfast roll $2. When you live in a place for 2 weeks, discovering a new supermarket becomes a big deal. We bought all of our groceries at KTA Market the first week, just to discover Safeway the latter part of the trip. We celebrated this momentous event with a $200 purchase.

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We didn’t have AC in our place, just fans everywhere. I didn’t mind this at all but both ladies can’t wait to return to a world of ACs and reduced humility. They enjoyed a movie in the local theatre, actually both enjoyed the AC the most.

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Weekends are for exploration. Enough reading about volcanoes, time to walk around one.

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Or explore a rainforest.

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Droning was a lot of fun (Kua Bay). Something I will further explore in Oahu.

We didn’t have enough time to see all the beaches, explore every highlight of the Big Island. But that was never the purpose of this trip. The goal is to live like locals for 2 weeks at a time. The Big Island is maybe not the best place to start because there are not that many locals here. A lot of tourists and owners of vacation properties. Still, we avoided hotels and the big tourist traps. Only 1 meal per day wasn’t cooked at home and we tried to walk as much as we can. And you start to get to know the locals at your morning run, at the sunset boogie boarding session and at the local joint.

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Is 2 weeks at one place enough? Or too long?

It feels like the perfect time to understand how living at this place would feel and get excited about the next place. You start to fall into a routine after one week and the newness starts to fade. One week seems too short, too rushed, not enough time to get settled and really live there. And 4 weeks seems too long (especially on an island).

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On to Oahu