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First 10 Days

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Hi there.

These first 10 days have been a strange combination of calm and chaotic. I'm thankful that the Navy has given me copious amounts of time to get my life together here on the island.

In my free time I bought a car.

And I've been hanging out with the other 5 new nurses.


But most of all, I've been enjoying the wonderful sites.

Cheers!


Konichiwa

Hi there! As you may have assumed, I made it all the way to Okinawa! The trip was horrible. Not to complain, but a plane of about 20 crying babies for 36 hours...ugh. Stay tuned for a "What to expect on an AMC flight" post.

Anyways. Time for the good stuff.

I got in on Friday night and my awesome sponsor picked me up from the airport and took me to Chile's. Yes, Chile's was my first meal in Japan. But believe me, anything besides airplane food or a Kind Bar was a great change of pace.

She then dropped me off at my new apartment on base. I walked in my room and took a long awaited shower. I then realized that I didn't have a towel so I walked around to air dry a little and went to bed wet.

After sleeping for 10 hours, I woke up feeling refreshed and surprisingly not jet-lagged. Sid took me to the Japanese phone store (I'm loving my iPhone 6s!), the BX (like a Walmart on a military base), the grocery store on base and the internet store to get internet for my r…

What I'm expecting to miss about America.

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So, if you haven't already heard, in about 16 hours, I'll be hopping on a plane headed to Okinawa, Japan. How am I feeling about that you ask? Oh don't even get me started. Excited, terrified, ready, not ready and in denial all come to mind.

I'm preparing to fully embrace my new surroundings but I have a feeling that there will be some things that I'm going to miss.

1. Trader Joe's and Costco
You all know I'm a foodie so this shouldn't surprise you. I know that there will be many new culinary experiences but I think I'm going to miss things like dried mango, almond butter and Costco pumpkin pie. (Seth, that last one is for you)



2. American Shopping Malls
Another no brainer. I love to shop. Yes, I know that I can order things online, but that just doesn't replace going into J.Crew and touching every item in the store.

3. Speaking the local language 
I'm really excited to experience a new culture and language but I'm also aware of how frustra…