Somehow we've only been here for a week, feels more like a lifetime though. These past seven days have been packed with non-stop inprocessing and newcomers briefs which are pretty much equivalent to college freshman orientation... Aka not a good time. Not only is the transition from America to Japan culturally shocking, I am also adjusting to life on a military base which is way out of my element. From what I can recall of the last week (it's becoming a blur) we've spent a majority of our time either getting paperwork done, meeting Ben's coworkers, fighting off jet lag, and trying to navigate our way through Camp Foster, Kadena, and the rest of Okinawa. Luckily, we have the most amazing sponsor who is our tour guide, taxi, mentor, and realtor all mixed into one. We can never thank him enough for all of the time and energy he has invested in helping us in any/every way possible. On of my favorite moments from this week was when Chris, his wife Tara, and their three children invited us over for dinner. Great company and a delicious meal was a very welcomed activity after a stressful couple of days.
Ben and I were able to spend Sunday exploring and we ended up at the Convention City Mall. I have never experienced such an intense visual overload in my life. Japanese marketing is vey over-the-top and obviously meant to grab your attention. Wish I took more pictures of this crazy (but awesome) place, however, this mall apparently pales in comparison to a newly built one outside of Camp Lester which I will definitely heavily document.
I almost forgot to mention! Ben and I passed our Japanese driving tests, not that I'll ever be able to drive off base because traffic and driving rules over here are INSANE. We did just purchase a super tiny baby blue Nissan Cube though which might persuade me to drive!
We're Kara and Ben, a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together halfway around the world!
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