Sunday, November 29, 2009

All the way to Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam!

Hello Loyal Blog Readers,

Kevin and I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam! We are certainly glad to be back in Okinawa, no longer having to live out of a suitcase. Anyway, it was a whirlwind trip, but no worries, we have lots of photos to share and some interesting stories too, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I wanted to wish my wonderful father a very Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you and miss you.....

Love, Chrissy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gotta love Okinawa....

As today was Veteran's Day, Kevin and I decided to enjoy our day off taking in the sights on Kokusai street in downtown Naha. This street is very popular for tourists, since there are so many sights, sounds, and smells.

There is even a great fisherman's market complete with Okinawan seafood specialities...the market does have a butcher for all you meat eaters, but let me warn you...Okinawans love their pork, so it's pretty much "swine" all the way...

Seeing all the seafood, Kev and I couldn't we bought this guy.

"Say hello to my little friend...."

Dinner is served... :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Taiwan, Part II

Apologies for the delay, but here is the long awaited second installment of our trip to Taiwan.

After spending a few days in the city, we decided to head out to Wulai, land of beautiful green mountains, fog, and hot baths. However, before taking the train out to Wulai, we had one quick stop at the Fishermen's Market, home to Lover's Bridge.

There isn't too much to see here, but since the weather was pleasant, we decided to take a stroll and enjoy some of the sights. We did find a seafood restaurant on the 2nd level of the fish market. However, comparing this market to the one we went to in Seoul, we were a bit disappointed.

The next day, we headed to the Taipei Main train station to board our train to Wulai.

Wulai, is home to one of Taiwan's aboriginal groups, the Atayal. Wulai is also popular among tourists for its hot springs and baths. Naturally as Wulai is nestled in the mountains, it was very green and with two typhoons just off the coast of Taiwan, it rained...A LOT. As a matter of fact, we had nothing but rain the entire time we were in Wulai.

But we didn't mind. With umbrellas in hand, we walked all over Wulai taking in the beautiful scenery.

I couldn't resist. I got a kick out of this sign. Bungee jumping, anyone?

With all the rain, the Wulai river was very high...not to mention muddy. Ewwww....

After walking a bit, we came across a little train. This train was like the train at Disneyland, each car had room for two people. Upon boarding the train, we were taken to the Wulai waterfall.

From there, we got on the gondola to get an even better view.....Sooooo green!

Once we got to the top of the mountain, we took a walk around what was a park. There was even a hotel here.

Everything in the park was so green and lush.

After a day in the rain, we couldn't wait to get back to our hotel (The Hotel Landis). We stayed at a beautiful hotel complete with our own private bath.

And this was the view from the window in our bath. So peaceful....

We had a wonderful time in Taiwan....definitely worth the 5 days we were there. I leave you with this night shot of our hotel....

Happy Travels...

Love, Chrissy

Sunday, November 8, 2009

No excuses....BUT....

Okay, I know I've been a little slow to post to this blog, but lately, I've been feeling a bit pooped. Really. Will you forgive me if I tell you that I got the flu shot and think I've developed a slight reaction to it? I mean, I'm so tired....It was just a seasonal flu shot, but tirrrrreedddd....Oh and let's not forget that I had final exams for my online classes with University of Maryland last week too....

But I digress...I'm out of excuses. I do hope to get a spring back into my step and eventually post Part II of our Taiwan trip shortly.... the meantime, stay tuned! In just a bit, we should have even more photos to share!

Love from Oki,

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