Winter Vacation

Trip Start Aug 30, 2010
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Trip End Aug 26, 2011


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Flag of Japan  , Kyushu-Okinawa,
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I woke up nice and early today because my girlfriend and I had to be at the Chomin Center to catch our ride to the airport. I was told "don't be late!" So of course, we made it on time and we also made it to the airport on time as well. We were on the same flight to Tokyo and then would be parting ways from there. She is going back to Canada and I am going to Okinawa! We knew that saying goodbye was going to be rough yet again but we knew that going into it.

Our flight was 40 minutes late. I don't know why. The plane was just sitting there the entire time. Kind of frustrating because it cut into what was going to be our lunch together in Tokyo. On our flight was none other but the Mayor of Ashoro. What are the chances of that? He was flying first class though. That is where all of the town's money is going! Jodan (means joke in Japanese).

My girlfriend had to transfer airports so I figured it was best if I saw her off instead of the other way around to make sure that she was well on her way to Narita airport without any problems. We had a great time in Hokkaido! Something I will always remember and cherish.

My flight to Naha, Okinawa was full of seniors and young families. Okinawa must be quite the tourist destination for those segments of the population.

When I arrived in Naha, I was amazed by how beautiful their airport is. It's full of orchid plants. Purple and white ones. Hundreds upon hundreds of them. Everywhere you look its orchids. Great idea to jazz up a boring place like an airport if you ask me.

I hit up the information desk for a bunch of brochures and information on how to get to my hostel. I caught the bus and it took about 30 minutes. Easy enough. Then I had to find my hostel. That took about the same amount of time. I wandered up and down barely lit streets looking for a yellow building. When I found it, it was actually a complete accident. I saw this foreigner sitting outside having a smoke and I asked him if he knew where my hostel was. Before I could even finish my sentence he said "are you Evan? It's right through these doors." Success!

I've never traveled by myself before or stayed in a hostel. It's definitely a new experience that's for sure. I think hostels are a good way to meet other young travelers though so that is beneficial. The hostel had 1 big room with a TV, computer, kitchen, and eating area. The top floor is for women and the bottom for men. Each with its own set of bathroom and shower facilities. There are dorms (where I stayed) and private rooms as well. The beds are really small. Well the futons are small. I slept on a tatami mat in a 8' by 4' bunk.

I bought my dinner from the Family Mart convenience store (a regular occurrence I'm sure) and then went out for a drink with a Swedish guy I met at my hostel. He is studying in Korea and it was his first time in Japan.

On our way back to the hostel we took the side streets and stumbled upon Naha's soap-land! The adult bar section of town. It was hustling and bustling. Probably the busiest section in town other than main street. There were guys in suits trying to bring in business and girls in gowns standing at the main entrances. There was blocks and blocks of this soap-land area. We got asked numerous times if we wanted to go in the places and experience the various services they offered but we kindly refused. The Swedish guy was in shock that a place like this existed. I thought it was quite funny.

Oh Okinawa, what do you have in store for me!
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