I am the Queen of Unfinished projects, as I blogged about before going on this trip, and so when I found myself having to put something aside to keep up with life, I put this blog aside...and I find myself unable to blog about anything else until I finish this series.
Shisa dogs. They are pretty much everywhere, and they are one of my favorite charms of Okinawa.
and yes, we brought a pair home to guard our own American home, not sure if our neighbors and kids think we're weird or not...but we love them!!
Another fun novelty of Japan is the vending machines that sell hot coffee in a can.
On our last day we visited the Shuri Castle.
And we ended our wonderful visit and trip of a lifetime celebrating with our host Jill and Philip.
Our trip home included the final leg of our flights being delayed several times and then at 11:30 pm cancelled. We were extremely disappointed that we hadn't rented a car at the time of the first delay, but after being awake for pretty much 30 hours I didn't think it was a wise choice. We were traveling United, and it was during that famous incident where the doctor was removed forcibly from the plane, and we had repeatably been told they were awaiting the cabin crew...but we think due to publicity the cabin crew failed to show up at work and that United was stringing us along. Long story short, we made friends with another Mainer in line for cancelled info, and we went in on a car together and made the 6 hour drive home. Here are some of my awesome window photos, taken from Okinawa, Tokyo, and finally New York.
We were staying on a US Air Force base, and our last night was a bit restless with drill alarms going off most of the night. Hubby didn't sleep well and couldn't wait to exit the country. This was what was behind us on the runway.
Below, our Tokyo landing and view of the rice paddy fields
and finally, New York, New York
When we finally got to our home, the welcoming committee did not disappoint. :)