Sunday Funday was the theme in our house this past weekend and Okinawa put on a glorious day for it.
We started our day off at the small but beautiful Southeast Botanical Gardens where our first port of call was to hunt out a place to have lunch; sushi which we bought on the way. Thankfully, it didn’t take long, the gardens have lots of tables dotted around the place all well sheltered from the blazing heat and set amongst beautiful scenery. We snagged one right on the edge of a pond, with lots of dead lilies floating on it!
After lunch we started to wander around before an employee stopped us and said to follow her to the monkeys. Matt & Eden got to go inside the cage to see the tiny monkeys as well as the largest rodent on earth, which, according to google is called a capybara Clio watched from the safety of the stroller but was really taken with the teeny tiny monkeys.
As we continued our way around we stumbled across a herd of cows, ok, so they weren’t real cows but sculptures, painted white and I think vandalised. It was random, but we have come to expect that living in Okinawa, I hope to write a post about these random things sometime, before they become normal to us and we forget about the Okinawan quirks.
The gardens are well maintained, beautiful and have lots of little paths, stairs to climb, ponds where you can feed fish and even do some fishing!
We eventually found shelter inside the gift shop/café and enjoyed some ice-cream; Matt tried brown sugar flavor which really tasted like brown sugar – unless you like eating sugar by the spoonful, it wasn’t that pleasant! Eden loved her scoop of mandarin while Clio & I shared a scoop of banana.
As we headed back to the car, commenting how small the gardens were, we realized there were two parts and we had only explored the first. Tired, hot and already on our way out we figured we would save the second gardens for another day.
Sunday Funday didn’t stop there, feeling energized after our naps we packed up dinner; delicious prawn on cous cous with a mango & avocado salsa with a side of pasta salad, using cake tins as it appears we own no Tupperware, and headed to Araha Beach. Sadly we arrived just a few minutes too late to see the sun setting but we still enjoyed our picnic dinner and Eden was in her element.
Clio was unsure of the sand but that didn’t stop her eating a fair bit of it.
We haven’t really made the most of the glorious beaches Okinawa has to offer, this we need to change, we all love the beach, Araha beach is minutes from our house so we don’t even need to drive far, its free/cheap entertainment which is also a bonus and lastly, who knows where we are going to end up next; there is every possibility it wont be near a coastline at all.
Sunday was a good day, hope it was for you all too 🙂