Fairy tale

Yesterday I woke up later than usual, around 11 AM. I made myself coffee and sat myself in the kitchen where I did a little bit of emailing and radio contact work. I phoned up a few online radios, organized some CD shipments, researched into more online radio reggae stations in Hawaii.

Around 1PM, I went downstairs to Rose’s place, my downstairs neighbour. Trish was there, my yoga instructing housemate and Chelsea a friend of theirs. We sat down around a coffee table and spoke about of all sorts, and had a homemade banana berries and bran smoothie. Chelsea suggested we go to a secret waterfall spot she knows of, and so we all got our stuff together and headed down there in Trish’s down-top silver Jeep.

We walked bare foot through muddy paths, on top of flat rocks, climbed down into this jungle like setting, where we set off to find this secret waterfall. The amount of different trees, plants, flowers and fruits was stunning. After about a 20 mins walk, we arrived and I was blown away by the view that was in front of me: a giant waterfall of pure water pouring into a beautiful still private pool. Intertwined roots of trees circled the pool – Trish rightly pointed out that it seemed we had entered a fairy tale!

waterfall wonderland

So we undressed into our bikinis and swan into the cool water, and gazed out to the waterfall. There were also a few spots which the sun was shining on that we could sit in when the water got too frisky. We stayed there and chit chatted for a while, and then ventured back, after having taken quite a few photos.

On our way back, Rose suggested she’d invite us to some Mediterranean food at Café des Amis, a place in Paia. So when we got there, we ordered two platters, extra sides of pitta bread, and some drinks. I got my first Mai Tai cocktail – which I loved. We had arrived between happy hours so drinks were half price – score! When the platters arrived they looked delicious, and actually reminded me a lot of home: hummus, pitted black olives, tzatziki, marinated aubergines in oil, pesto covered tomatoes, tasty mushrooms. Followed by a nutella and strawberry crêpe topped with whipped cream, which we shared with four forks. YUM.

my very first Mai Tai

I was then asked if I wanted to go to a free meditation class with Chelsea and Rose at 6PM. Sure, why not. It was my first proper meditation experience, I have done a little on my own before. We had chanting sessions, and one 15 mins meditation followed by an 8 mins meditation. (That adds up to exactly 23 mins of meditation, by the way… coincidence?)

That had relaxed my mind quite a bit (so did the Mai Tai!), and we went back to Chelsea’s for vanilla tea and chocolate macadamia nut ice cream. I met Chelsea’s two Spanish housemates, who were very friendly – one from Barcelona, the other from Madrid, who told me I could come up to theirs any time. On our way back from Chelsea’s, Rose came up and we watched Trish play around with her new sowing machine in the sitting room. We drank red wine and ate cold chocolate.

Branden joined us later as she came back from her waitressing job. We all chit chatted in the living room until the late hours of the evening. I really feel at home with these girls, I have met some really good people here. They speak of ‘energies’ in people, are into yoga, meditation, healthy organic foods, and have a lot of respect for one and other. They are genuine and honest, and are very comfortable to be around.

It is a shame that it is Branden’s last night in the Yoga Shala tonight – she has found a job with a marine biologist that requires her to move to Kihei, about a 30 mins drive from here. I will miss her being around and next door to me. She has so many good tips and tricks on how to stay healthy, and has taught me how to indo-board (an indoor surf board!) She will be replaced by a French dude called Olivier, who is a kite surfing friend of Liam’s (Trish’s boyfriend who owns our place). I met him briefly the other day and he seems very friendly, and I’m happy I will have someone to speak French with on a daily basis!

Today I played a few more songs in Hookipa, and got offered a coconut, cut up so that I could drink from it, and 13$ again. (Funny I made the same exact amount than last time!) I ventured down to Mana Foods this afternoon to get some fresh veggies and fruit, and a box of assorted chai teas.

Pasadena, Los Angeles

on my walk down to Lake avenue

My first stop is Pasadena, in Los Angeles.

I am staying at my father’s house, which I come to on average about once a year.

It’s a very easy going area, where everything seems to be possible. You walk into a supermarket and everything you could possibly dream of is in there. It is a colorful place, with lots of palm trees and large sidewalks. The streets are in grid formation, which makes driving places easy-peasy.

The choice of food here is amazing, Mexican, Asian, burgers, tropical, Mediterranean, fresh, fast-food, slow-food, sea food, Indian, whatever.. It’s here. And tasty.

The people are friendly and always ask me how I am feeling. Wherever I go.

I am here for a week. I have been finalizing my flight bookings for the next 3 months, looking at prices for a larger suitcase, looking at some hard guitar cases because the one I am traveling with is on it’s last legs, and ordering salted caramel mocha frappuccinos at Starbucks.

I bought a pair of shoes yesterday that had Jessica written on the inside of them, and a number 23 written in handwriting on the back of them. Big deal for me as the number 23 follows me absolutely everywhere. I took this as a sign, tried them on, they fit like a glove, so I bought them with no hesitation.

It has been warm and sunny. However this morning, I hear rain falling from my room. It will do the gardens some good.

I am going to grab a warm cup of coffee now and wake up LA style, by taking it easy.