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Naha, Okinawa

500 year old Kinjo Stone-paved Road

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We drove down to Naha on January 3rd in hopes of seeing the Shuri Castle New Year's Banquet ceremony, a reenactment of the Ryukyu era New Years celebrations. But sadly I didn't do enough research and when we arrived we realized that this ceremony only happens on January 1st and 2nd. However we were able to see some traditional Ryukyu performances done by stu[...]
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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Playa Negra (Black Sand Beach) – Vieques

Posted In: Puerto Rico | Travel
We were able to celebrate the holidays last year at home (in Puerto Rico) and right before my husband had to leave we decided to do a short trip with our families to Vieques, one of the 2 islands off the east coast of the main island. I had never been before and the whole reason why I wanted to go was to visit the Playa Negra / Black Sand Beach! We ended up[...]
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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian –
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted In: Puerto Rico | Travel
Puerto Ricans are known for having one of the longest holiday celebrations in the world. Christmas doesn't end in December (like in the US), it ends almost in February. The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian or San Sebastian Street festival is the un-official end of Christmas and the party of the year, it goes on for 4 days at the end of January in Old San[...]
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Chatan, Okinawa

Christmas Wonderland at Mihama American Village

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I had planned on going to most of the events on my Things To Do In Okinawa: Holiday Edition list, but I haven't been in the holiday spirit much, because my husband has been gone for the past three and a half weeks. We are planning on visiting the Itoman Peaceful Illumination on Christmas Eve Eve after he arrives and maybe a visit to the Dreaming Angel re[...]
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Things To Do In Okinawa, Japan: Holiday Edition

The most wonderful time of the year is getting closer and closer. (YAY!) The weather started cooling down here around mid October and I literally haven't been able to shut up about it, mostly because I missed the amazing cold weather last year. Anyways... the holiday season is always hard when you live overseas, but as long as you have your own littl[...]
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Koh Samui, Thailand

The Secret Buddha Garden – Koh Samui, Thailand

Posted In: Thailand | Travel
After visiting the Grandmother & Granfather Rocks and the Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram, the next stop on our Jeep Safari Tour was a refreshing visit to the jungle water slides (more on that stop later), followed by a delicious traditional Thai lunch on a mountain top! The Secret Buddha Garden, also known as the Tarnim Magic Garden, was our fi[...]