Touchdown in Naha. 2021.05.20
When I initially moved into the share house, I spent a lot of time trying to plan and organise social gatherings because it was a great way to bond and have a family away from home. It takes a lot out of you to organise something. Even more so when there is no rapid and clear communication. I did a course on event planning and although I passed with flying colours, I did not enjoy the training in any way. There is so much physical work and a lot of mental calculations that go into making an event successful. I am thankful to my housemates because for the past few years, I just needed to give my yea or nay once something was being held and that was it. They spent their time and energy researching, booking and deciding on the schedule. For the trip to Okinawa, it was the same. They just asked everyone to book their own plane tickets if they wanted to join, but they sorted the accommodation and decided what the itinerary would be like. I am much older than my housemates so it was quite refreshing to take a trip with those with a lot of ideas, energy, enthusiasm and drive. The first hurdle of the trip was like any other. A three hour train ride from Kanagawa Prefecture to Narita International Airport. Our flight was in the afternoon but we had to head out around mid-morning to cover travel time and waiting time before the plane departed. Suffice to say once we had landed in Okinawa, we were tired and drained. We rode the public train for about ten minutes from the airport straight to our AirBnB room in Miebashi. The place was more than I expected. Two large bedrooms, each with two double beds and then another double bed in the living room area which was furnished with a table, couch and television set. It was also the only room with an air conditioner so we spent a lot of time cooling down in there. The kitchen was spacious and fitted with cooking ware and utensils, a dining table, refrigerator, microwave and kettle. For the price, it was really wonderful. We took a walk into the more touristy parts of Naha and did some light shopping - breakfast items, snacks, drinks and toiletries. We also searched for dinner and ended up in a restaurant with a pretty basic menu and terrible customer service. Our first night in Okinawa was not as smooth as we expected but water under the bridge, the next day was well looked forward to.
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.