Back To Life, Back To Reality: Okinawa
Community Coworking Cafe Coil
Am I Really A Sage Clinician Now?
The podcast will air in a few weeks, and I will certainly share when it comes out!
Unfortunately for our hiking plans, it began pouring cats and dogs about an hour after we left, so we stopped off at a friend’s house to wait out the rain. The friend, bless his eternal soul, had an actual hammock in his apartment. My friends set up the hammock, removed me from the couch and someone’s lap, installed me in the hammock, and I blissfully knew no more for a solid hour.
Yambaru (山原) Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum
We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the yambaru wilderness and its many plants and critters, including the super cool complete muskrat skeleton pictured above. Hey, I’m a health care nerd, what can I say?
Bucket List Crayon #1: Hijiotaki Falls: 比地大滝
The damned bird was full-on posing for us. He would turn this way and that, making sure we had plenty of time to get the best shot of him, and then would fly closer, hoping for something to eat. Somebody has clearly been feeding him, which is unfortunate.
I guess because it is so wet here with risk of flooding, the camping areas are all raised on wooden platforms, as you can see above.
Bucket List Crayon #2: Become A Teacher
Unfortunately, accepting a job while abroad is not as easy as it is when you are in the US. I had to run around to a couple of different places to figure out how to complete the paperwork. Fortunately, my new coworking space took care of my reliable wifi, printing and scanning needs, which had been a major issue previously.
The hardest part about accepting the position was finding a notary public. Apparently they do exist in Japan, but there are less than 200 of them in the country, and they charge $150-300 per document for their services. Ouch. Also, this particular document had weird wording, and the Walden University HR representative warned me that notaries often balk at filling out this particular form because it is definitely a nonstandard request.
“Nonstandard” and “Japan” do not belong in the same sentence. Or even the same paragraph.
However, there is an American Consulate General on Okinawa that helps out citizens. I had to apply a week in advance for an appointment, presumably so they could check my street cred, but once I got there it was utterly pain-free. The only problems I had were because I was so nervous, because I had never had to visit any place like it, and it was quite militarized.
Additionally, I was in the midst of reading a British spy novel, which did not help my nerves!
Bucket List Crayon #3: Karate In Okinawa
Watching Hokama sensei move through the katas was like watching liquid art on fire. I was mesmerized. Emma has been practicing for several years and was also a joy to watch. I have wanted to see karate in Okinawa since I practiced shotokan karate as a kid. Dream come true!
Thanks Emma and Hokama 先生!
Until next week,