Continued from my earlier post Our First Overseas Adventure: Japan 2000 (part 5).
“7/26/00 (to Milly) We are starting to plan our vacation for the first 3 weeks of August. There is a big festival every year in Sasebo – American Festival – that is the first weekend, so we will be here for that. Then we are planning to go to Miyazaki on the coast of Kyushu. It sounds like a big resort area; it was used for part of the G-8 summit meetings. We are going to the ‘biggest indoor water park’ in the world there called Ocean Dome. It should be a lot of fun. SR”
“8/21/00 (To Milly) G8r should be on his way home from Okinawa now. Did he tell you that we were going to try to meet him there this past weekend? We flew out of Fukuoka on Thursday to another base north of here (near Tokyo) to get to Okinawa. We ended up staying there the whole time and couldn’t get a (military space available) flight down to him. All the flights were always crowded with higher priority people/families. At least the base was a lot bigger than this one – I got to do a little shopping for things we don’t have here, and I got to eat at Taco Bell!!!! We got back yesterday, and now we are just sitting around waiting for G8r to arrive. The kids start school next Monday – this summer just flew by. I think Lulu is a little more excited than Jay. He’s saying that his teachers yell at everyone and that’s why he doesn’t want to go back. He’s gotten past the innocent age, and it kind of saddens me. I guess just on to bigger and better things though. SR”
It probably seems ridiculous that I got excited just to go to Taco Bell on that trip to the Tokyo base. As much as I like Taco Bell, it wasn’t about the restaurant itself. It was more that it was something that made me feel closer to home in a foreign place.