Here are some pictures I've taken so far:
Here's the little critter that was waiting outside my door to greet me when we arrived. Very big and slimy.
Everywhere we go there are vending machines that offer both hot and cold beverages. They're in the strangest places sometimes, but I'm always comforted that Tommy Lee Jones (Spokesman for BOSS Coffee) is there to keep me hydrated.
Moving on to food, here is a picture of my favorite meal so far. It's basically a plate of bacon with potato salad, leafy salad, tasty soup, and of course rice. No forks allowed.
This is our second favorite dining establishment. Its real name is Arashi but we call it the vending machine restaurant since you place your order through the vending machine (above) located at the entrance. The fried rice is delicious.
Here's a picture from our first drive up to the northern part of the island. We took the scenic route following the ocean most of the way.
A marker at the northern most point on the island. Not sure what it says but I'm sure it's interesting.
A statue of the bird that cannot be found anywhere but the northern part of Okinawa. We thought it looked like a combination between a chicken and a pineapple.
Dramatic cliffs at the northern point. They were very accessible and we climbed all over them.
Another scene of the northern shore. The rocks were very sharp but luckily no one was hurt.
The second trip up north was to Hiji Falls. Here's a picture of the entrance to the trail leading to the actual falls.
We had to hike a little to get to the falls but the views were pretty impressive.
Me in front of the falls. In the past, people were able to actually take a dip in the water at the base of the falls, but now it's roped off.
A picture of the outside of our billeting. Not the prettiest place in Japan, but still better than the desert digs.
The view from our place. Green grass in December is neat.
And the interior of my room. It came fully equipped with a TV, fridge, and microwave. The lighting is very dim, but at least I don't have to have a roommate.