Monday, February 21, 2011

Landing in America

Amerika jouriku

OK, not the mainland US, but Guam. But it's a US territory.

Come New Year holidays, the A-listers go to Hawaii. The B-listers go to Guam. So if the Pumpkin Clan heads for Guam for some fun in the sun in mid-February, what does that make us?

We went to the mall,

ate at the food court,

went swimming in the pool,

rented a car and drove around the island,

stopping at a store to buy juice.

Which is, when you think about it, is exactly what we do on weekends in Pumpkin City. We probably should have stayed at home :P

While driving around, we found this obelisk, which stood on a small bay.

Check out this inscription.

"Magellan landed here. Or it might have been on the other side of that river. Or closer to the elementary school up there, since the coastline looked a bit different in the 16th century. Anyway, it was near this place. And the island was never the same."

I have always maintained that a simple approximation is often more useful than a complicated accuracy.


Annie Crow said...

Like the sign too. How long were you in Guam, and how far away is it? Was it the kids' first time traveling by plane?

pumpkinmommy said...

We were there for four days, five nights. It was a 3 hour flight, which was about the limit for the Pumpkin Princess and Prince, or rather, their parents. It was the Prince's first trip, and the Princess's second. Her first plane trip guessed it, to Guam.

Guam is a place for Japanese B-listers, but if you live in the continental US, you'd have to fly to Honolulu, stay there a night, and get on a several hour long flight to Guam the next morning. Cool place, but probably not worth it to most Americans. Unless you are a scuba diver, in which case you would, given the chance, gladly fly to Guam and then wait several hours at the airport to board a flight to Palau...

Tia K. said...

"So if the Pumpkin Clan heads for Guam for some fun in the sun in mid-February, what does that make us?"

Envied. I wanna go to Guam!

pumpkinmommy said...

Tia, it's only about 3 hours from Kansai International Airport! It's no Hawaii, though...

Tia K. said...

I think there is even a flight once in a while from Takamatsu! I would be nice, if I could talk the mister into a trip....!

pumpkinmommy said...

Great, we'll see you there :D