So today I woke up at 4 a.m. and am having a hard time sleeping past that time. So this morning instead of just lying there, I threw on my running clothes and headed out the door. I have been working on running barefoot, so I decided to stick with that. I have always found that the best way to learn a place you don’t know is on foot. So off to explore…I didn’t wear my headlamp and I think I will next time, but I did bring my camelbak so I had a lot to drink. This morning I encountered many more runners and bicyclists and it’s nice to see other people out there. Although I did get quite a few funny looks at my feet! So I took a few wrong turns and I ended up near the general’s gate and turned around. Samantha, co-worker and sponsor (we’ve been sharing sponsors) told me there were rats all over the place. So I saw my first little one…it scurried into a little rock wall. Then I looked up and there was a flying fox bat gliding through the darkness. It was awesome!! I felt light for the rest of my run. I was trying to take a short cut back to Westpac and started running through a field when I remembered the habu (venomous snake) warnings! A marine told me yesterday a Taiwan snake was seen on the shooting range so I decided that maybe running through a field in the dark barefoot was not the best idea.
On the agenda today was to go to the Kadena Air Base and get our housing briefing. Well we were told to be there at 10:30 and it was actually at 10 a.m. so we have to reschedule. In the meantime, we are supposed to be looking for cars and arranging to tour with housing officials. We were scheduled to go out at 2 p.m. with Seaside Housing so that left me with plenty of time to begin looking for cars.
I had been looking on Bookoo, which is a site people use here to buy and sell all sorts of things. One of the things folks do here is put their cars up when they’re getting ready to go, or they just want to sell it. The flexibility is remarkable, people just text each other and then meet up for exchanges…pretty cool. Well I was looking at a little Honda Mobilio Spike, but the one I wanted was sold and I was hoping for something small that could still allow me to stretch out and camp in the back. Along came the Toyota FunCargo…
The owner is PSCing off base and going back to the States, he needs to move it fast. So he brought it to Westpac and we chatted over mileage, what he’s done to it, how it’s served him and his family and how the seats disappear into the floor…so cool. Well we agreed that if I pass my test tomorrow, I’ll be getting in touch. It’s a cute little thing and I plan on going all over the island with it.
Then off to apartments…these are a few that I looked at…they are amazing!!!! One apartment offers a car for use as long as you live there!! I am thinking seriously about one right near the base, but a block from ocean. There are some gorgeous views…I’ll put a few photos in.
This is a short post, but I’ve got to study for my test so I’ll keep everyone posted!! Keep reading!