For the first time I’m crossing the Pacific Ocean, and soon I’ll discover Honolulu and New Zealand for myself. Day 24 Wednesday 15th June 2011
Of course you cannot ‘discover’ a charted inhabited place, but on your first arrival you will certainly discover its unwritten distinctive character. Perhaps its own smell, air, or light; the rhythm and heart of its industry; the unique colour swatch of its earth and trees; or the unexpected recalibration of scale imposed by an omnipresent background of hills or snow peaks seen from a city’s streets. Few of us can describe these unanticipated and immeasurable qualities that prompt a unique reaction in each one of us. The first-time thrill of discovering that relationship between you and a new place cannot be fully anticipated and diminished by Dorling Kindersley or National Geographic.
So,.. How can I describe dawn in Honolulu,.. Well, you had to be there!