Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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Today we paid $20 for a regular burger and $25 for a large burger. This may just be the most expensive burger I had....ever!
Yesterday on the beach, we paid $15 to RENT a beach umbrella, $10 for a towel, and $10 for a tube!! $6 for a shaved ice. It's so ridiculously expensive. It's been quite a shock, even for a repeated visitor. Despite the beauty of this island, Okinawa is definitely far from a backpacking potential.
And what's more disturbing is that I recently lost $50 :'(
A few days ago, I was at an airport trying to check into a domestic flight to Ishigaki island
When I arrived at the guesthouse in Ishigaki, I logged onto my credit card history and noticed that I had bought a ticket with another airline company! I had it in my mind that I was flying with Skymark - but my ticket was with ANA airlines!!! Such a rookie mistake!!! I practically bought 2 tickets for $50 to get here. I was so upset. It just seemed like something I would have done much earlier in my trip, not 7 months into it.
On a happier note we spent the last 2 days exploring two islands, Ishigakj and Taketomi. Ishigaki had some breathtaking panoramic views, while Taketomi had an incredible historic charm and ambience. The "village" in the middle of the Taketomi island hosts visitors on a water buffalo carriage and took us around their cute village. The island has a whopping population of 340! There was yet another stunning beach on this tiny island. We spent the rest of the day swimming in the clear waters and gazing into the beautiful horizon. Yes I know...it's a tough life ;)))
An interesting observation I made in Okinawa is that despite being a tropical island with SE Asia islands to the south, there are no palm/coconut trees here! The ones I have seen are artificially planted along the highways, and not naturally growing in the lush jungles. Instead, there are pine trees that nearly smell like Xmas trees. So strange...!