We have been here one week now, we have had our highs as well as a few lows, namely getting over jet lag and being without a car. I feel things are on the up now, not only did we both pass our SOFA driver licenses, a requirement to be able to own and drive a vehicle while being stationed here, but Matt purchased his car.
Matt is now the proud owner of a Toyota Funcargo, the most spacious small car I have ever come across, seriously that thing is HUGE on the inside, I feel like we are driving in a van. We have purchased my car, but it isn’t ready to pick up until Wednesday and I can not wait!.
Having wheels is a breath of fresh air, not only does it mean we don’t have to walk in the scorching sun but we get to enjoy air conditioning while we get from A to B. The best part about owning a car is the freedom it allows us with the ability to get off base and explore.
Friday we loaded up Goldie, and headed to American Village, it was the only place we knew how to get to because of the huge ferris wheel! American Village is a large shopping complex with lots of eateries and a few arcades geared towards the Americans living on the island.
The short walk from the car park to the entrance of American Village melted us and we were all ready for something cool and refreshing. The temperature was only 32 degrees Celsius (90 fahrenheit) but according to the weather app it felt like 43/110F and it definitely did feel that hot.
The first thing we came across was Partyland Frozen Yoghurt, a do-it-yourself frozen yoghurt bar. Step one was choosing which cup size, we all opted for the rather generous regular size, next up we got to pick from the many flavors of frozen yoghurt. Eden selected Vanilla & Chocolate, Matt went for Kiwi and Mango and I decided on Coconut and Raspberry & Pomegranate. Then came the fun part, decorating them! A fresh section, which Eden & I bypassed, Matt did put 1 rice ball on just to try and some fresh fruit, followed by a dried section, where we mounted our yoghurts with Okinawan cookies (tasted like a sugar cookie) m&m’s, gummies, sour worms, chocolate chips, and lots of other treats.
Finally, the taste test. They were delicious and refreshing, I think next time we may just go for one large cup and get 3 spoons, it was quite a lot of frozen yoghurt and Eden didn’t manage to eat all of hers, Matt and I had no trouble at all!
After wandering around a little we decided to head back to base, the heat was getting to the kiddies and they were both a tad cranky, the fun didn’t stop there though….
Once getting home we put Clio down for a nap and when she woke up, crying, I tried to open the door only to discover that one big sister had accidentally on purpose locked the bedroom FROM THE INSIDE. Poor Clio was locked in the room with the phone so we couldn’t even ring reception!. Matt tracked down the cleaning ladies and got some tools so he could pull the door handle apart, but without much luck they had to call the maintenance man down to work his magic.
Glad to cuddle our wee Clio again we had a little giggle and everyone was on their way, not for long though…Matt went outside and I followed him, Clio in one arm, phone in my other hand and without thinking, let the door shut behind us, with Eden locked inside. Oh Dear! Cleaning ladies to the rescue, again.
There was talk of a typhoon hitting this weekend, but thankfully it looks as though it will bypass Okinawa, I don’t think I am ready for that, living in our small hotel unit is hard at the best of times, I can’t imagine having to stay locked in for days and possibly without power!.