July 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
I can’t believe it’s true, but I only have 1 week left in paradise with my man. The time here has passed so quickly. We have built a beautiful home here and seen so many incredible things. While we have been very adventurous on the weekends, setting out almost every weekend to see a new part of the island or experience something different, during the week I have had ample opportunity to relax and prepare for law school. As soon as I get back to AZ, I’ll be heading off to Boston to get settled before orientation starts. I will be so busy that I’ll have fewer chances to be homesick and miss Bryan, which we think will help with the long-distance thing and will hopefully make the time until Thanksgiving, when I am planning to come back to Okinawa, pass more quickly. We are also setting up an elaborate communication system involving Skype, a webcam, and many, many emails, text messages, IMs, and morning wake-up calls. So if any of you are worried about how we will make it through this, don’t be–we aren’t!
Over the next week, I hope to:
- Go snorkeling in Sunabe
- Finally find some delicious sushi here (no luck so far)
- Relax with Bryan and enjoy every last moment we have together
- Buy souvenirs (shisa dogs and a calendar of Okinawa for crossing off the days)
Well, off to study and wait for Bryan to get home from work! For all of you who live in AZ, I’ll be home August 3 and then off to Boston August 7!!
July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Saturday after my birthday Bryan and I took a day trip to Cape Hedo, the northernmost point of Okinawa. It was absolutely incredible to drive almost the entire circumference of the island, and to see how uninhabited the north really is. On the way we stopped at the aquarium in Onna because we had heard such amazing things about it.
While the entire aquarium was phenomenal, truly the best aquarium I have ever been to, the highlight is definitely the final tank, pictured here. The glass (which is 3 feet thick) runs from floor to ceiling. The tank is enormous and filled with giant whale sharks that swim alongside stingrays that have to have a 6 ft “wingspan” and thousands of fish swimming along in schools. It was amazing to see this sea life as if you were inserted into the middle of the ocean. I still don’t understand why the sharks don’t gobble up all of the fish, so maybe someone can enlighten me.
I love this shot because you get a really good feel for the floor-to-ceiling glass, and the little people at the bottom give you a good perspective on just how enormous the sharks are. One of my favorite Okinawa experiences so far!
July 18, 2009 § Leave a comment
July 9, 2009 § Leave a comment
I’ve mentioned before that finding a restaurant to eat at is difficult in Okinawa. Either the signs are in Japanese, making it a guessing game for us if the venue even is a dining establishment and impossible to determine what type of cuisine is served, or the signs are in broken English, meaning that the place will be filled with loud Americans and the prices will be heavily inflated. Bryan was feeling guilty that I spend all day cooped up in our (amazing) house, studying, surfing the net, and entertaining myself with the casual yoga DVD here and there, so tonight he took me out to dinner. Normally I research possible locations on OkinawaHai!, a website run by Americans with blog posts all focused on life for Americans living on Okinawa, and then force Bryan to drive through heavy traffic to the place I have chosen. Tonight, however, I knew that he would be tired after a strenuous week at work (photographer didn’t show up to the goodbye dinner for the old Commander, leaving Bryan, who was supposed to be a guest with me as his date, to take all the official photographs with his Nikon D40; change in Command today…hence, long week), so I decided that we should try a place very close to our home.
July 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am pretty much the palest you can get before you’re an albino. Well, that may be pushing it–my skin is capable of turning various shades of pink. Light pink if I’m outside for more than 5 minutes, rosy pink all over my face if I’ve exercised, lobster red if I spend the entire day outside and my sunscreen somehow fails me… I used to think that if I was just diligent enough, if I just spent enough time “laying out”, with the proper combination of low-SPF sunscreen and tanning oil, I might be able to get what I considered to be a tan. It would never be a tan in anyone else’s eyes, but if I could just get my skin to turn a color somewhere in-between pink and brown, I would have succeeded in my eyes. It never happened, of course, except the one summer I spent approximately 7 hours a day outside at Cactus Pool, teaching swimming lessons in the morning and swimming on the summer swim team in the afternoon. That summer I wore sunscreen every single day, yet somehow managed to make it to August with a distinct racerback “tan” from my Speedo that I was immeasurably proud of.
July 2, 2009 § 2 Comments
Since I am the only person home in the day, one of my main sources of daily drama has been trying to figure out the garbage situation here in Okinawa. When we moved into our rental home, the housing agency gave us a chart that was meant to explain the garbage situation. It mostly contained pictures of different types of garbage items placed into categories, mostly garbage items that I would never throw away–teddy bear, VHS tape, hangers, sofa, etc. We got the gist that we need to separate trash and recyclables, but the sheet was not much more helpful than that.