Japan - Okinawa Reflections

The trip back to the states was an interesting experience. We left on a Friday at 1:00 p.m. and arrived home at 10:00 p.m. This meant that Friday lasted around 37 hours for us as we traveled back in time to the Eastern Time Zone. I can honestly say that time travel is exhausting, and I did not even get a hover board. Now that we are back in the states everything is taking some getting used to again. Cars here are huge in comparison to those in Japan and the speed limits are a lot higher. It is kinda unnerving after spending two weeks in cars the size of go-carts. People are also driving on the right side of the road instead of the left. There have been several times when I have been tempted to turn onto the wrong side of the road. (I didn't) One of the most interesting adjustments is that I can understand all of the signs along the road and I can understand everything people around me are saying. This may not seem like a big deal, but believe me, it is. It gives me new appreciation for people whose first language is not English.

I guess you could say we are experiencing reverse culture shock and severe jet lag.

For those of you who travel, what are the biggest things for you when readjusting to American culture? Also do you have any tricks for overcoming jet lag other than ridiculous amounts of coffee?

The Shrines and Fukushu En Park

Do you ever have one of those moments when life seems to pass you with the speed of a super sonic hedgehog? Me either, but it makes a good visual for how it feels. This year we spent our New Year in Okinawa at some shrines and Fukushu En Park. It went by quickly, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are a few pictures from the shrines:

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The morsels below look great. I am sure people like them. It honestly had the consistency of a hard marshmallow jello and filled with sweetened mashed bean. I did not know that until I ate one. Needless to say it was a cultural experience.

The second place we visited was Fukushu En Park. It was a great place to spend the afternoon and relax while celebrating the new year.

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The above picture reminded me of a hobbit hole doorway.

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All in all, it was a fun day spent with family and friends in a new place. I hope as you welcome in the new year you have as much fun as we did.

Cape Zanpa

Today we went and explored Cape Zanpa. We spent most of the day there. The rock made it feel like a completely different world and was not the type of rock you wanted to make friends with. Even a small slip on the rocks would probably mean a trip to the emergency room but that did not stop any of us from climbing down closer to the water. This is the Cape Zanpa lighthouse:

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This last picture is a landscape portrait of my sister-in-law taken at one of the overlooks. I felt like it fit the style of her blog Captured and Shared. 20121229-180246.jpg