Last Day Enjoyment 2021.12.17
Today is August 4th, 2021. It has been a year since I went to Okinawa and it is going on two years since this debilitating pandemic befell the world, crippling lives, economies and the human body as we know it. That seems like so long ago now but in this intense summer heat, thirty five degrees today, I would gladly drop everything and hop on a plane to go to an island somewhere. Just standing outside on the shaded train platform for two minutes while waiting to transfer to another train is like being in a sauna. Mild heat strokes have plagued me ever since I experienced my first summer here, notwithstanding the fact that I come from a tropical island, and I am super wary of this season in Japan. I am just not used to being outside during the day in such intense temperatures.
I can still feel the coolness of that beach in Tokashiki; the temperature significantly chilling my body and making me feel like I was too cold at times and in need of a sunbath. We spent hours in the water. I love swimming and although I am not good at it, staying in safe water level areas and letting the water bob you around, or just diving under the surface and opening your eyes is so nice. I miss going on holiday. If circumstances permitted, I would be in the middle of preparing a summer trip to the Greek islands where I could dip into the majestic, blue, Meditarranean sea and warm up on the white, sandy beaches.
We gloried in the few hours that would be our last real excursion in Okinawa that time around. My friend came into the water with his GoPro camera and we had fun for about half an hour making silly videos to document the memory and send messages back home. We tried surfing with the giant pink, plastic doughnut that had been rented but that was an utter fail but it was a great mini tugboat for three or four of us to grab hold of and float around.
We kept an eye on the clock and got changed and waited for our transport to arrive and take us back to the port. She was a bit late and we were just a teensy bit worried we would miss the ferry.
It all worked out and we had a better journey home as we moved with the current and the boat did not rock as much or induce unmanageable seasickness. Back in Naha, we had a cheap steak dinner at a chain restaurant and then went back to the hotel for a night party, packing up and cleaning the AirBnB residence before our early flight back to the mainland the next morning.
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.