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This week has been blissful as every day I remind myself I’m here on bonus time, beyond the scope of my original trip. Paying the change fees to bump my flight has been one of the most financially rewarding decisions I’ve made in a long time. And now I’ve even added an extra island to my itinerary. Tomorrow I leave Maui and fly to Kauai to hang out with the lovely Angie of Angie Away!

Photo A

Lahaina MauiHanging out at my Aunt and Uncle’s place in Lahaina was blissful. I got to catch up on work in the comfort of their beautiful home and also get to spend time with family I haven’t seen in years.  I took this self-portrait of my “office” for the week to remind myself that I’m a lucky girl.

Photo B

Pa'ia MauiWhen I go to the beach I tend to pass out face down and do my best beached whale impression, but my friends decided to build a crazy coral city.

Photo C

Hawaii TattooMy friend Paola, who I met last week at Banana Bungalow, got a beautiful tattoo on her last day on the island. I came along to take photos and to scare my Dad by calling him and telling him I was at a tattoo shop.

Photo D

Ioa Valley MauiYesterday I went for a lovely hike through Iao Valley and realized I’ve probably spent equal amounts of time in the mountains as at the beach here in Hawaii. It’s a fantastic destination for hikers.

Photo E

Pa'ia MauiAt the beach in Pa’ia I went into a little happy trance watching the sunset reflecting in the water. This is a beautiful place.

Which photo is your favorite?

Pssst! This week I did a video interview with Alexa of Atlas Sliced about traveling and working abroad. If you’re the kind of person charmed by those who are awkward on camera, my excessive use of air quotes and the word “um” should really win you over. Click here to watch, and thanks for having me Alexa!

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27 Comments...
  • Stephen Schreck
    October 21 2012

    Your a really gifted photographer! Photo b is my favorite, but they are all amazing. What does it say on the branch in photo D?
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    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      You know, I was wondering the same question myself! Maybe something in Hawaiian? 🙂

  • cristal
    October 21 2012

    your voice is so different than i imagined. that american accent is so strong haha.

    the most financially rewarding decision? do tell more!!

    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Hm, maybe I worded that wrong… I guess I mean financially “worth it” decisions? Basically, it was money excellently spent!

  • Gaelyn
    October 21 2012

    Love your office. Fave pic is E.

    Great interview. It’s not always easy to get past our fears, but is usually very exciting.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Thanks Gaelyn! It was a nice office, if just for one week 🙂

  • Cat
    October 21 2012

    A! (Though the coral city looks intriguing.) Love your home office – scenes like that definitely make you realize all the hard work of an “unconventional job” is all worthwhile! Excited to watch the video. Always interesting to watch/hear a person and compare them to what you’ve imagined – like the differences between a book and a movie.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Well I hope I live up to your expectations! 🙂 I know Alexa did a great job but I could only watch a few minutes… so weird to see yourself on video!

  • cody
    October 22 2012

    E! I dont know if its just me but the photo looks like a hand trying to claw its way out from the sand.
    It beautiful

    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Thanks Cody! That’s a great visual 🙂

  • Savvy Scot
    October 22 2012

    Got to be C this week 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Thanks Scot, that’s my favorite this week as well! Paula will be glad to hear it 🙂

  • Ashley
    October 22 2012

    I love D. It really makes me want to go hiking.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Hawaii has definitely helped me fall in love with hiking! So many amazing trails here.

  • Alexa Hart
    October 22 2012

    Photo E! I have a thing for sea foam. I find it beautiful.

    And, you were a great interview subject! “Umms” are totally normal.
    Alexa Hart recently posted..EPISODE SLICE #15: Working and Traveling Around the World with Alex Baackes

    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      Thanks Alexa! The air quotes were more the part that cracked me up when I watched it back 🙂

  • Jen
    October 22 2012

    I was going to say B because of the cool geometry and angle, but then I saw E and lost my breath a bit. I’m a sucker for beach photography, and these two are gorgeous. I’d hang them in my house!

    • Alex
      October 23 2012

      I took about 30 photos of that branch, I think it would be cool to hang them all next to each other maybe over a couch or something. Uh oh, my decorator wheels are turning again!

  • Hannah
    October 23 2012

    Man, your family have homes in the best places! I’m going for B this week, there’s something so intriguing about it. They are all stunning photos though Alex, you never fail to impress me. Going to watch your interview now as well 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Yes, there’s nothing like watching a bunch of (semi) grown men build things in the sand! 🙂 And yes, super lucky to get to visit my aunt and uncle in such a beautiful place.

  • I love that tattoo shot!

    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Thanks Andi! That one is my favorite this week for sure. Normally I can’t pick!

  • sarah wu
    October 24 2012

    I found your blog through the “Washington Flyer’s Best Travel Blogs of 2012”. I’m so glad I click on your site. You got a lot interesting posts and beautiful photos. Love reading through your travel adventure. Oh and your family place is nice!~ nice R&R and family time together.

    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Thanks Sarah, so glad you found me! I hope you’ll stick around 🙂

  • sarah wu
    October 24 2012

    wooo just saw your portfolio too. You’r a designer just like me : ) No wonder we both like to travel and see interesting stuff 🙂
    sarah wu recently posted..Yucatan Cuisine: A Gastronomic Tour From Cozumel Chef

    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Glad to hear I’ve got another designer among my readers! 🙂 I agree, travel and art-love go hand in hand.

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