The adventure began on June 8th when I saw Avril's smiling face through the glass at Naha International Airport's arrivals. I may have cried, jumped for joy, and driven on the wrong side of the road shortly after. She is staying until July 13th and is our first visitor in Okinawa. :)
A little background:
Avril and I went to college together, both majoring in Chemistry. We ended up sitting beside each other in nearly every class since we have the same (maiden) last name. We even graduated beside one another, making a ruckus and cracking up everyone around us. Once, a professor even asked us in complete seriousness if we were sisters. We were quick to tell him that we sure are... he somehow believed us! Troy and I both feel so blessed to have such a great friend who will literally circle the Earth to visit us, and we are having a blast showing her around.
|The sisters from another mister on our first day together. :)|
One of the "must-do" items was checked off first- pedicures with epic Okinawan nail art at Cocok's.
|The ladies all met us for some nail art and girl talk. Love these ladies. :)|
|Aren't they amazing??|
On our first big excursion, we took a 20 minute ferry ride to a small island called Minna Jima. It was a perfectly gorgeous day and we were in great company. Troy just returned from Malaysia and our friend Kristle came with her brother, Max, who is also visiting.
|The three ladies enjoying the beautiful day! Kristle is the only smart one who didn't get burnt!|
|The snorkeling was amazing and with some quick lessons from Max, Avril was plunging into the deep blue ocean in no time!|
|I love this pic. :) Two besties just a floatin'!|
|We explored the little island, feeling the relaxed vibe yet?|
|I <3 this lady!|
|Troy was quite the diver!|
|Getting ready for another adventure!|
|Striking a pose in the East China Sea!|
|Ahhhh... Island life. :)|
More fun adventure pics to come soon!