Oct 22, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday

If you've ever been to Oki, you'll recognize these bulbs right away. From what I've been told, the farmer's light these bulbs over their crops at night to "trick" them into believing that it's daylight. This makes the crops grow faster and helps the farmers produce more. I must admit that I have no idea if this is true, but they look beautiful all lit up!
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Oct 20, 2014

North Island New Zealand: Rotarua

THIS is why you take the road less traveled! What a beautiful waterfall!

We made it to Rotarua at 11:30AM and had plans to head to the iSite for “zorbing” and Maori info. We got there and realized that the Maori show that we wanted to go to included dinner, but we had just bought groceries and didn’t want them to go to waste. So, that was out. Then, the zorbing was $70/each and you basically went down a straight hill... that was out, too.

Oct 17, 2014

A Visit from Home

Back in September, my family came to visit. I went home for 2 weeks and, then, they came back to Japan with me. My mom, sister, great aunt, and great uncle all flew halfway around the world to experience Okinawa and we had lots of fun!

Oct 15, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday

Picture courtesy of NIOSC

Here I am with the wonderful board of ladies that represents NIOSC, North Island Officers' Spouses' Club. We were able to spend the morning with Yuki, from Oriental Place, during our most recently monthly coffee! We had delicious food, great prizes, and fun times! I'm looking forward to getting to know this crew more and more throughout the year.
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Oct 13, 2014

North Island New Zealand: Hastings to Rotarua

After breakfast, Mark went golfing and I drove the campervan into Napier. I walked around a bit and got my nails done. I didn’t find anything during the bit of shopping that I did, but I thought Napier was a super cute vacation town.

Oct 10, 2014

A Danian Cafe: Soup Curry

You guys, I have to tell you about this love affair of mine. It's with soup curry and, recently, I found a new restaurant that I really enjoy! I first heard about soup curry from my sister, who lived in Japan for a while, and encouraged me to learn how to make it upon finding out we were moving to Oki. It was her favorite while she was here and originated from Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island. That's all she could tell me (besides all of the amazing details about how delicious it was)... so the search for the experts on the matter began.