A couple of days after the last update, we took a trip to the zoo - because you can't just sit around and do nothing for a whole weekend here. (Unless its this weekend and you feel like day 1 of 1,000 unpacking your household goods shipment...) Anyway, the zoo here was, um, okay. The zoo part certainly isn't spectacular, though the layout and the way they do things is pretty cool in some respects. They do have a neat little petting zoo for the little ones, and there's another "park" inside the zoo for kids that actually is supposed to be really nice. When someone comes to visit with said kids, you get to be the guinea pigs. (We'll go with you though.) Probably the oddest thing we saw was the hippo "cage." We had the discussion that hippo's are fairly large animals, kinda like a house with legs, and wouldn't take much effort to maul someone. We were reminded of this looking at them over the 3 feet high "fence" separating us from these big fellas. Somehow we made it out of the zoo unscathed. Emily was also feeding the carp in a HUGE pond (small lake) in the center of the zoo grounds when a little Japanese girl walked right up, patted her on the leg, smiled and waved like her life depended on it, then went about her business. Kids love us - or think we're "really" funny looking. And tall. We also *had* to take a picture of another little one - we couldn't resist. She was maybe 2, and wearing out a bowl of noodles with chop sticks. I don't know how they do it!
Not so hungry hippos. See the cage? Yeah, neither did we.
These guys were cool.
Malaysian croc. Didn't look friendly.
Japanese chopstick champion. Toddler division.
The fish "pond" - and this isn't all of it.
Your average Japanese kid hauler.
A 100 year old Chinese chest. The furniture store it came from is rumored to be the leading cause of divorce in Japan....
Overall, we're both getting more and more comfortable in our new home (and hemisphere), Ben has been extremely busy with work, flying or having a sim every day since Feb 5th, but finishes MQT Monday the 23rd, just in time to go on the Thailand trip! Emily is staying just as busy, making good friends and the spouses *always* have something going on. Book club, coffees, welcome dinners, going away dinners, Bat Passing parties (explain that one later), or "I'm bored and want to go eat lunch" gatherings. Emily and another spouse came out to the flight line one day and took some pictures and watched their respective husbands taxi out and takeoff. The other guy knew but I got the surprise when I pulled out of parking an there was Emily with a camera!
Emily and the girls with the famous Chef of Sushi Zen
Emily watching Ben
Brittany watching "Spear"
There goes Ben!
We'll post a separate story with our trip last weekend to the Kerama islands, funny stories and cool pictures and a place those who visit us MUST see while you're here!
We also got the last shipment of our stuff and now we finally feel like we have a home and don't have to live out of a bag anymore! Just in time to pack up for different 3 week trips - to live out of a bag. That's how we roll.