So my best friend…she’s kinda incredible. When she left for Okinawa, I cried. A lot. Like a lot a lot. Words cannot express how sad I was because I was losing someone that on a moments notice would welcome me and my crazy kids in for coffee. She helped me figure out woodworking projects, how to make a cake that looked like a taco, and well… she listened through the “I’m okay” when I was dealing with grief all the way through to my tear flood gates letting loose. Gah, I could go on and on.
Anyway, when she left, I lost a running partner. We tried to plan out how to make a marathon across the world work, but the training and all else just wasn’t working. In the meantime, she began something that I did not even know was a thing. Dragon boat racing. When I finally was planning out my trip to visit, I made sure that I would be able to be there to cheer on her and her team.
I planned my trip for Children’s week festival and her big boat race. After a mishap with missing my flight because I didn’t pay attention to the time difference on the tickets and a crazy long layover in Hong Kong, I arrived the day before the race. Thank you, God! After a night’s rest in the train suite (aka her son’s room LOL), her husband, the boys and I headed to the festival to watch the US Navy Dragon Boat Team race! Watching those teams race… it’s nothing short of amazing. The amount of power. The synchrony. The fluid movement. I think I am in extra awe because of my major in Human Performance. My eyes watched the angles and the forces. Truly it is something that you simply have to see for yourself.
While at the festival, I had her husband lead me around the food. He has a foodie’s heart and did not disappoint with his suggestions! And seriously, sorry for the mostly eaten picture of the Yakitori. I only remembered at the last minute. There’s something very different about the food in Okinawa. The smell draws you in immediately. It’s honestly hard to restrain yourself from the tasting experience.
I found the Yakisoba from the festival okay. My friend’s husband made some later on from what he’s seen and learned while they’ve lived there. His Yakisoba… well now, that was amazing. It was a definite treat to try so many different things while visiting them.
For my first adult trip out of the country, Okinawa with the festival, the races, and the food completely took up a spot in my heart. I want to go back and see & taste all that I was not able to get around to!