Leg 5 of My Vacation Journey Starts Today

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Frederick of the Havannah Resort in Vanuatu asked me last night if I wanted to join everybody for a cocktail and watch the Fire Show. But honestly, I don't have any interest in New Year's Eve celebrations with a bunch of couples from Australia who just want to be left alone to their own devices. Plus, I got to see a spectacular fire show at Eratap Resort and don't feel a need to be entertained.

I've gotten really grumpy, I guess, in my old age, in that I'm satisfied to read a book or listen to music or just sit here and watch the waves ripple, curl and roll to shore. When I told the staff I would like two glasses of champagne delivered to my villa, the server looked at me oddly. A bottle of champagne and two glasses, she asked, raising one eyebrow? One glass with champagne in it, followed by another glass with champagne in it, equals two glasses of champagne, I clarified; and I pantomimed pouring a glass of champagne, setting it aside and pouring a second. One finger, two fingers. It dawned on her then that I wanted two glasses of champagne, and she did a high five and slapped my palm. I guess I must order weird things.

When I asked for a glass of skim milk for breakfast, all hell broke out in the kitchen. Finally, they brought me a small pitcher milk. I asked for a glass to drink it in, and the light-bulb went off. Silly Americans. Salad dressing on the side is another odd request they don't get very often. They brought me a salad and a side of scalloped potatoes. How do you get scalloped potatoes out of "dressing on the side?"

It's my accent, I guess. They are not used to an American accent. Although some people would say I sound just like the parodies in the movie Fargo, hailing originally from Minnesota.

You can read more about my newest journey starting today in my personal blog, Groundhog Day: From Vanuatu to Hawaii on New Year's Day.


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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
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Morning Elizabeth 04:30 is my usual wake up time.  Sometimes I sleep in til 05:00-05:30 but not usually.  Have a safe trip.

Dec 31, 2014 07:47 PM #1
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  Whatever day it is where you are Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2014 08:36 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Elizabeth. I like your style and your journey sounds amazing.

Dec 31, 2014 09:48 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sounds like a long day, Elizabeth.  I hope you have a wonderful 2015 filled with good health and happiness.

Dec 31, 2014 10:14 PM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents sure sounds like you are enjoying an adventure, daily!    Happy New Year! 

Jan 01, 2015 01:45 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Happy New Year everybody! What I wouldn't give today for some sleep. Well, there is always tonight.

Jan 01, 2015 04:11 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Happy New Year, Elizabeth!  That is one of the little joys about traveling.  You experience all the little nuances in language and tradition.  

Still, I will never forget getting off the plane in London after a flight across the pond.  By the time I got to my hotel, all I wanted was to go to bed.  The place where I was staying was reminiscent of a Harry Potter house.  I still remember how it jerked me awake when the desk clerk, as I'm climbing the stairs, yelled over, "What time do you want me to knock you up in the morning?" Apparently, that's their wording for a "wake up call."

Jan 01, 2015 12:33 PM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Happy New Year!  Can't wait to hear more of your travel adventures.  

Jan 02, 2015 05:25 AM #8
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