Happy New Year, folks! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years.
To those wonderful people who follow my blog, apologies for the lack of posts. My wife and I were in the States for Christmas and a restating of vows/wedding ceremony for her family to attend. I hoped to get some more time to post while gone, but it was too busy.
Being on the mainland for a few weeks was fun and we loved it. Getting to see a few movies in the cinema, shops that had what you needed (for low prices), and cool weather were all great…
But it wasn’t home.
- Crazy tourists who wait to pull out in front of you until you’re just metres away.
- Watching people park on the lines, not between them.
- A beach side drive with a view of perfect blue ocean and merchant marine ships sitting beyond the reef.
- Being able to watch ocean sunrises and sunsets in the same day.
- A car that runs on rust.
- Using a jam jar as a toothbrush holder.
- A toilet that screams at you when flushed.
- Running into someone you know every time you go out.
- The 80-100% humidity and summer all year round.
- Visiting three different shops to do your weekly groceries because no one store has it all…
- …but some employees know you by name.
- A place where thongs (flip flops for you Americans) are almost considered dress-wear.
- Frequent power outages that can last hours.
- Daily rain.
- Watching weather sites like a hawk for typhoon warnings.
- Anything more than 10 minutes being a long drive.
- Having to explain to your friends and family where you live because they’ve never heard of it.
- Talking to someone overseas about Saipan and getting excited just because they’ve heard of it.
The list could go on; the longer I live here the more I love the place. It’s weird, it’s quirky, and I could list as many things that annoy me as things I love. But that’s part of what makes this place so unique, and I couldn’t imagine a more enjoyable place to start married life.