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Pearl Harbor

Yesterday we visited the National Historic Landmark of Pearl Harbor on O’ahu, Hawaii. In the “Bay of Pearls” the USA joined the Allied Forces of WWII after the Japanese attack on December 7th, 1941. The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites offer a detailed history not just of this tragic event but of WWII in general – interesting for Germans to see this from a different point of view.
Our combo ticket led us first to the USS Bowfin which was one of the most successfull submarines in WWII, according to the number of ships it sank. It’s almost unbelievable how “much” comfort there was on a submarine and how space was used the most efficient way.
The second ship we saw was the USS Missouri or “Mighty Mo” – a huge battleship that served the US till the 1990s and became famous as the Japanese instrument of surrender was signed aboard in 1945. Seeing the furnitured offices, kitchens and bedrooms you’re always reminded that 20 years ago this ship was still on duty and in war.

- Isabell -

Memorial in Pearl Harbor (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Memorial in Pearl Harbor (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Memorial with submarine USS Bowfin in the background (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Memorial with submarine USS Bowfin in the background (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from inside the submarine (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from inside the submarine (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing around in the engine room (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing around in the engine room (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The crew`s beds (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The crew`s beds (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell again…damn it, our architect has to touch everything!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell again…damn it, our architect has to touch everything!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The same bowl before (right) and after a 4.000-feet-dive (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The same bowl before (right) and after a 4.000-feet-dive (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
You remember that scene from the movie “Pearl Harbor”? ;) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
You remember that scene from the movie “Pearl Harbor”? ;) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Patriotic? Nooooooo! Trail to the USS Missouri (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Patriotic? Nooooooo! Trail to the USS Missouri (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The USS Missouri (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The USS Missouri (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Spot on deck of the USS Missouri where Japan`s surrender was signed (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Spot on deck of the USS Missouri where Japan`s surrender was signed (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
USS Missouri`s canons (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
USS Missouri`s canons (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
 


Ooops, I did it again!

…and this time, Isabell did it either! And guess what, after she got comfortable with the noise she even liked it!! :-)
I`m so glad she faced her fears because this was probably the only chance for her (and for me) to shoot with real assault rifles in the States: We tried the U. S. Army standard rifle M16 (yew-ha!!) and a Russian AK-47, better known as Kalashnikov. We also tried the shotgun again, you can still see black and blue proofs on Isabell`s shoulder ;-) But like I said, she really liked it – and if you look at her target she did even better than me…

- Bernd -

Bernd shooting the M16 (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd shooting the M16 (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Smiling Isabell, holding the M16…a little more professionally than the shotgun! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Smiling Isabell, holding the M16…a little more professionally than the shotgun! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell shooting the Kalashnikov (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell shooting the Kalashnikov (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd with the AK-47 (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd with the AK-47 (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Any questions? ;) (© 2010 JG)
Any questions? ;) (© 2010 JG)
   


Aloha…

…from America’s 50th state – Hawaii!!!
For the last 4 days we’ve been strolling around on O’ahu, Hawaii’s main island,
starting with a nice evening chill-out on Waikiki beach, eating a fresh papaya and enjoying the sunset. When Waikiki get’s dark the place to go is the International Market Place where you can buy any hawaiian souvenir you can imagine, try some asian food and watch traditional hula-dance performances. Another place to shop is the Ala Moana Center, the biggest outdoor mall in the United States. Of course this is kinda uncool if it’s raining ;-)
On the third day we went to the highly recommended Hanauma Bay east of Waikiki – and were totally disappointed! It’s not just that tourists pay the highest entrance fee (residents/seniors/children/militaries get discounts) but the so-called “beautiful” coral garden with hundreds of fishes is more likely a dead rocky beach with apparently crossing fish – even the introducing video couldn’t help save the reef!
Now, if you want to explore ancient hawaiian history there are places like the Bishop Museum, which is closed on Tuesdays (what we found out standing in front of it so we’ll do this another day), or the ‘Iolani Palace, the home of Hawaii’s royal family before the United States took over.

So, this is what we’ve done so far…but we got two days left.

- Isabell -

Waikiki Beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Waikiki Beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on Waikiki Beach reading a book…something about a guy who travelled around the world in 80 days ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on Waikiki Beach reading a book…something about a guy who travelled around the world in 80 days ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Iolani Palace – the palace of Hawaii`s former king (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Iolani Palace – the palace of Hawaii`s former king (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
My sweetheart Isabell :) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
My sweetheart Isabell :) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Honolulu at night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Honolulu at night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
   


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

… or in our case: with a single click!

After the decision was made thoughts were going crazy: HOW are we travelling? WHERE do we want to go?  WHEN are we going? HOW LONG are we going to travell? WHAT about the costs? …

So, one thing at the time:

HOW to travel: Okay, let’s face it – anything else than plane didn’t come to our mind. But instead of booking every single flight there is a great way to get around the world: Round-the-world tickets ! ;-) There are several united airlines like Star Alliance, OneWorld Alliance and SkyTeam that provide different around-the-world programs: Whereas SkyTeam only offers booking via telephone, OneWorld does have difficulties with crossing the Pacific. Star Alliance seemed to have it all:  Great deals, easy booking, friendly support – need I say more?!

WHERE to go: The world, of course! Ahw well, some countries have been on our list for a long time: Australia, USA (continent), USA (Hawaii), Thailand and the Fiji Islands – we have to visit these countries! And then one thing led to another: hey, if we’re on the Fiji Islands we could also go to New Zealand. And before we go to the States we could make a stop in Mexico. And why not go to Bali right before Thailand?! Can we do this within 29.000 miles – YES, we can!

So this is the actual route:  Frankfurt/Germany – Mexico City/Mexico – Los Angeles/USA – San Francisco/USA – Honolulu/USA -  Nadi/Fiji – Auckland/New Zealand – Sydney/Australia – Denpasar/Bali - Bangkok/Thailand – Frankfurt/Germany

WHEN to go: Due to a little trip with friends end of August we set the date of departure on September 10, 2010.

Travel planning with Poker chips (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

HOW LONG are we travelling: According to the novel of Jules Verne our trip will take 80 days. (There is no bet going on, we know that it’s possible!). As easy as it was to set the 80 days the harder it was to choose how many days to spend in each country: First put a minimum of days on each destination, then spread the remaining ones and finally flipping one or two. (Hint: Poker chips are perfect for that!)

WHAT about the costs: Well, nothing’s for free. There are two aspects: The ticket and the trip itself.  As I said before, the ticket price depends on the miles, the stops and the countries you travel to – 29.000 miles are cheaper than 35.000 miles, the entrance fee for one country is more expensive than for another country…. I think we’ll have an extra post for this topic!

Okay, these were the first steps we took on our journey around the world… but be sure, there’ll be A LOT more! ;-)

- Isabell -