In May of 2007, my step mother and I got an amazing, chance of a lifetime. Three months prior to our trip, my father was sent to Okinawa, Japan for the Air National Guard. He would be there for four months which was the longest he had ever been sent anywhere.
A short while after my father had left Spokane, my step mom called me and asked if I would be willing to miss ten days of school to go and visit my dad in Japan. ‘Of course!’ I said, practically yelling into the phone. I knew that it would be an amazing experience.
Little did I know that I would get sick on the fourteen hours of plane rides, get lost in the Tokyo airport, have trouble ordering food since none of us speak Japanese, and having to go to urgent care for a spiderbite only one hour after my step mom and I had returned home. Then again, the great experiences had difinitly outweighted the bad. We got to go snorkeling at amazing coral reifs, go to a pineapple plantation (pineapples are one of my favorite things in the world), climb around ancient castle ruins, and to just be in a foreign environment.
My trip to Okinawa, Japan will always be one of the best experiences of my life!
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