Hale Kai is the small , intimate group of condos from the 70’s that has been rennovated. It is right on the ocean and is only 2 stories high. This type of small condos are quite unique for this part of Maui. The northwestern part of Maui is dominated by large ritzy developments by big companies like Marriot, Ritz Carlton, and Hyatt etc. The people who come to Hale Kai come every year on the same weeks. They book their condos a year in advance and have made friends over the years.
One of their traditions is that every night at sunset people gather around the pool and have drinks and celebrate another day in paradise. They blow conch shells like the old Hawaiians to announce the sunset, a birthday or a new comer to the group. It is quite charming.
Here is the sunset that we were celebrating tonight. Since it was Sunday night we all got invitations to bring pupus ( little munchies) and make it a party with food. The pupus were excellent and everyone is crowding around the snack table to try the tempting morsels. Ladies were asking for recipes and talking about their sea adventures here on the island.
We have met several really nice people. What I really like are the moms and daughters that come back together every year. Here are some photos I took of two of them.
How lucky these women are that they can spend special time with their moms, I wish my mom could have done this with me.
Well, it is off to bed as a new adventure is calling us tomorrow. Aloha!
The clouds seem to be different here over the Atlantic Ocean. We are in the middle of a giant area of water and the clouds are very white and very fluffy. If you stand on our balcony you can see them being blown across the horizon by the wind. Here are a couple of photos for you.
Life onboard ship: we do not normally eat in the dining room when we sail. It usually takes 2 hours to get served and to eat. The main dining room is crowded and noisy. We prefer to eat in less time and whenever we are hungry. This varies each day depending on when we have awakened and when we went to sleep. So we normally eat up in the Oceanview buffet. This is the best kept secret on the Celebrity Constellation. At the back of the buffet are these two handsome guys who will grill fresh fish, salmon, steak, chicken or a pork chop for you. Your dinner is hot and the vegetables are crispy. My favorite meal is a fresh Caesar salad, broccoli and carrots, and grilled salmon. Yum, and healthy on
top of it. I find the desserts in the buffet not great so I normally skip that problem. OMG, I might lose some weight on this trip! What a surprise.
As much fun as it has been to walk on the beach and take sunset and fish photos for two months, our time in Rosarito Beach is swiftly drawing to an end. It is very sad to leave our cute condo above the Pacific Ocean. We go home at the end of the week to prepare and pack for the European gap year trip.
David has been working hard at looking at apartments to rent in Italy the last two months, and now all of our reservations are lined up for the first 2 months of the trip. With the internet it is much simpler to plan and reserve places to stay in Europe. We found all three places on VRBO, HomeAway, or AirBnB.
The itinerary looks like this; April 8 fly to Fort Lauderdale and board the Celebrity Constellation and cross the Atlantic in 13 days with stops at Madeira, Gibraltar, and Alicante. On the 22nd, we land in Rome and spend 7 days there. Then on to Assisi for 3 days and then to Florence, my favorite city in Italy, for one month. Wow, it is really hard to believe that in a month we will be in Rome. I am so excited, and my camera is humming, ready to start to capture wonderful photos to share with you.
Here are a couple of photos of the sunset tonight in Mexico.