Posted on April 15, 2014
As I remember, there was a giant storm that led to big delays at the airport. Almost all traffic was shut down back home. But it’s the last day of my vacation and I thought to myself, who cares? I’m going to enjoy the last bit of it. Before the plane touched down, it was still my vacation. In my mind, I was still having such a fun time walking around in Naha and eating fresh fruits on the street. You won’t believe how tasty their pineapples are. So juicy and sweet. I literally ate like 5 pineapple sticks. Of course, I also had some traditional Iapanese food before I left. Yes, that’s right. Sashimi - a word for raw fish slices/seafood raw form. I know not many people can bear that taste. But as you eat more and more sushi, these raw fish dishes will grow on you. And gradually you’ll start to enjoy this savory taste ( in Japanese utami). It was a unique experience. Even though in my home town there are loads of Japanese restaurants ( quite authentic actually), you just can’t leave a place without tasting local cuisines. That’s what I did. My conclusion, HK’s sashimi is after all better than the ones I had at a local restaurant, probably because all the good chef moved ( at least that’s what I heard from my Japanese teacher).
When my flight was delayed over and over again, I had this as my consolation. Goodbye, Okinawa you were great!
Whenever I come back to finish off something that I started long time ago, I feel like I need to explain a lot about what’s been going on in my life. Indeed, something’s bound to have gotten in my way. That’s why I was pulled away from this virtual world. I know I keep disappearing in the middle of talking how amazing one place is. It’s like talking to someone on the phone and she suddenly just hung up on you. Yes, such a bummer. Well just think of me forgetting to pay my phone bill. It’s too much explaining to do. Anyways, I’m finally here to finish the rest of my travel diaries. Though this is not the end of it - Day 5 is, still it feels like forever to pick this up again. Here we are, the second part of my day 4.
After visiting the Nakijin Castle remains, we’re off to the Okinawa Aquarium, the highlight of my day. Everything in the North was just so different as I remember. The scenery, the people, the pace etc. Get this, imagine yourself being lifted up by the wind, I mean gently, not that kind of crazy tornado swirling. That’s exactly how I felt when I got off the bus and made my way to the Aquarium. Of course, the facilities and the sites were incredible too. There are different programs throughout the day. Be sure to check out the program schedule prior to your trip so you can enjoy and make the best use of your time. Being the biggest fan of dolphins, of course I couldn’t give up on such a great opportunity. I bolted towards the Okichan Theater right after we got a group shot at the front gate. I usually don’t like taking group photos not only because I always get ‘squeezed out’ but the final product always seems to be a fail. It never portraits me properly. I am either too short/tiny or have my eyes closed in the picture. There’s got to be someone out there who agrees with me on this one. I mean it’s just so annoying, right?
Okinawa Aquarium Website: http://oki-churaumi.jp/en/index.html
The perks of joining a bus tour - you get to travel lots of spots in just one day. But it’s also tiring as you can imagine. By the time we hit the last stop - Nago Pineapple Park (ナゴパイナップルパーク) everybody was practically worn out. However, because it’s the last stop and we only planned to stay for 30 minutes, we managed to get up and finish the rest of the itinerary. What an eventful day huh? When you visit the park in the summer, that is the best time of the year. Fruits are all grown and ready to be served. As my ticket for each attraction was included in the package I booked, I never did have to buy anymore tickets when I arrived. Although, I am sure the admission office usually understands English ( if you’re planning to go to these spots). The whole park is a freaking pineapple. Excuse my language. As you walk in, they’ll show you each growth stage of pineapple and the odor is strong. When you get to a factory room where you’ll be treated with fresh, sweet and juicy pineapple, that thirst oh thirst and summer heat are all gone. Then, they’ll talk you through each production stage of pineapple wine and other pineapple by-products. And of course, you can pick up some souvenirs if you want. Or you can be just like me, buy a one big fresh pineapple.
Sorry that I’ve been away for so long. I am currently doing school mid-terms. It’s really stressing me out. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh