Cool down…:) 2021.05.27
Our second and third days in Okinawa were slow ones. Because of the coronavirus pandemic many places were closed and Okinawans were hesitant to entertain travellers from major cities like Tokyo where the daily infection rate had been consistently high. We had to plan in advance how we were going to spend the time and in a way where we did not have to depend on opening and closing times or restrictions. The weather was amazing of course so we decided the first few days could be spent at the beach, doing some swimming and other water activities. My friend googled a beach that could be reached by bus as we had no private transport available at our disposal. We headed out after we had had breakfast and my house mate had sorted the logistics. We caught the bus and rode it for about an hour to the last stop. We first headed to a surf shop to see if equipment could be rented for our friend to do some surfing. There was nothing available and we were advised that the conditions were not the best for surfing as a typhoon was approaching. From there getting to the beach was a bit of a challenge. As far as the eye could see there was no swimmable beach. We could see the sea but there were boats and boat clubs adorning the paved areas alongside the beach. We walked for a very long time under the blazing sun without a clear destination. My friend finally did another search and said he had found a swimming beach we could walk to in about thirty minutes. When we thought we were at the right spot, there were many beach front properties that had proper fencing to keep visitors who were at the beach from straying into their residence. We circled the neighborhood a few times and asked some foreign residents how we could get to the beach. Finally we walked into an open space with a park, playground and a beach. The tide was really low though and as we stepped into the shallow water, we could see tiny fish and other sea creatures wriggling around. We waded out until the water was about mid-thigh deep and dipped in. My friend used his goggles and did some exploring around the area while I just floated about and enjoyed the cool down after a very long, hot and tiring day.
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.