Impromptu Tour Guide 2021.11.04
There were three options available to us. We pondered taking the bus which was cheap, fast and departing from right in front of the information office. After examining the map of the island, places of interest were few and far in between. It seemed like the only option available to us was to quickly head out somewhere, soak up some sun and sand and rush back to the ferry. It was imperative that we did not miss the ferry as our flight was heading back to the mainland the next morning. We would be in a real pickle if we were stranded on the island for a night. We spent a lot of time back and forth trying to decide among the options of bus, bike, taxi or car rental. By the time we headed out to the bus stop the bus had already left and was not due again until a few hours later.
Biking around was quickly ruled out as not everyone (by everyone I mean me) was capable of covering the gruelling distance nor had the endurance required to cycle around for hours. We enquired about car rentals and were directed about a five minute walk from the port. We looked at the prices and spent about twenty minutes trying to decide which vehicles would be best bearing the cost in mind.
At that point someone suggested that we rent a taxi since it would be much, much cheaper and we only had one destination in mind. Again, having a Japanese speaking person in the throng was heaven sent. He contacted the taxi service and made the arrangements. We headed bavk to the port and office to await the taxi and cool down after spending some time walking around in the sun.
When the taxi arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to see the boisterous, kindly Okinawan native who we had run into previously while walking around looking for the car rental service. She welcomed us kindly and openly and we were quickly on our way. The fare was next to nothing and was promised to be a short ride, roughly twenty minutes from the port.
On the way to the popular tourist spot she chatted with our Japanese housemate and gave him tiny bits of historical information like a tourist guide. He was very good about keeping us informed of what she was saying as we were driven along.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.