Vacation Turned Me Into a Different Person or It’s the End of the World

I just got back from nearly two weeks in Maui for a family vacation. We traveled with dear friends (Bluebonnet’s family) and had a fantabulous time.

We drove through almost every region (except Upcountry), drove nearly the circumference of the island, got sand in places sand shouldn’t go, and snorkeled with sea turtles. And we ate well–there is no shortage of good food, especially at the roadside stands.

Any of you who know me know that there are certain things I will not eat. However, this trip changed me. Either that or it’s a sign of the Apocalypse. If you’re a family member, you might want to sit down before you continue reading. Everyone should prepare for the end of the world.


The best fruit I have ever tasted were the pineapples that we bought at a little roadside stand. They were so sweet and fresh that we could even eat the core. Unbelievable. I’ll eat pineapple again, but it’s going to be really hard to find anything as sweet and fresh as those.

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Coconut water

I do not like coconut. The dried up, flaky stuff just makes me gag. A man at a roadside stand expertly chopped off the end and poked a hole in the top with a machete. We all took a swig or two from the coconut with varied success of keeping it off our faces. (Some stands provided drinking straws!) It was sweet and delicious. I missed out on having a bite of the meat, but I would have tried it, too.

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Apple banana

Bananas are disgusting to me. I haven’t eaten a whole banana since I was six. Can’t stand the smell of them. Bleh. But I had to try an apple banana. It’s a small, wide banana that is common on Maui. It was tasty. I would’ve eaten more if we’d gotten more. I also tried a chocolate-covered frozen banana. It had dark chocolate on it. Seriously good. Does this mean I’ll start eating bananas? Ah, no. They don’t gross me out so much any more though.

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User guides

No, I didn’t eat any user guides. ๐Ÿ™‚ I caught my husband reading the user guides for his camera and Bluebonnet’s dad’s camera. I have pictures, but I’m not allowed to share the proof! LOL

Two instruction manuals in one sitting! If my eating pineapple, coconut, and banana isn’t shocking enough, the reading of the user guides has to be evidence that the end of the world is coming!

What about you? Have you ever done or eaten something on vacation that you wouldn’t in your normal life? Were you changed by a vacation?

12 comments on… “Vacation Turned Me Into a Different Person or It’s the End of the World”

  1. Oh, you make me wish I was back in Maui! Spent last Christmas there with good friends and the fresh pineapple and coconut water are delicious! And Kona Coffee on the patio each morning was divine!

  2. It sounds like you really had a lot of fun, Diana! The pineapple looks totally delicious. Yes, I ate chocolate covered potato chips on Prince Edward Island. It seems to be a thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How adventurous! I abhor coconut. I’m not sure I could have stomached drinking the water. But it sounds like you had a blast. Glad to hear it. Welcome back ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks! I was pleasantly surprised by the coconut water. Not at all what I expected. If you ever get a chance, try it. You’ll have to go to Maui first. Find a guy with a roadside fruit stand and a well-used machete. Be sure you don’t have any cell service. The straw is optional. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Dave Beebe

    Hi Diana! We had a life-changing experience on a visit to Maui in 2002 that I’d love to share with you in another format one day soon. It didn’t involve food, because sadly I didn’t venture too far from my comfort zone there – I WOULD venture, though, after reading your blog today, given the same opportunity again! Scallops and Mussels are a vacation surprise discovery (same year, different ocean) that has remained a special treat back home on those rare dining out occasions.

    • Diana Beebe

      Hi, Dave! I would love to hear your story sometime! It’s funny how we look at adventure differently as we get older…sigh.

      I love scallops! Mussels are not one of my favorites, but there is very little seafood that I don’t like. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Beautiful! I can almost taste that pineapple. Good for you for stepping out of your foodie comfort zone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    A friend of mine once got me to promise I’d try frog legs in Paris. I did, but it, er, didn’t stay in my mouth! I pulled a sneaky drop-into-napkin trick then guzzled some wine. LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, August! It was easy with fruit like that. Wow!

      I’ve had frog legs before. I won’t be ordering them again any time soon though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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