Monday, December 10, 2012

naha tug of war

My personal experience with tug of war has always been pretty limited. A few times at summer camps here and there. 

Honestly? It didn't hold much appeal after I got my first dose of rope burn on my tender little hands. Ouch. No thank you.

Now, imagine the biggest game of tug of war you've ever seen. Like, close down the highway, block traffic kind of big.

Crazy, right?

I've been dying to go to the tug of war since...well, the beginning. I've missed it every year. 

Not this year. I sent the Mr emails, I nagged a little, I mentioned it every few hours.

Finally, we went.

The Naha Tug of War originated sometime in the 1600s. From what I gather, it's a parade and festival meant to commemorate the competition between two rulers in Naha from "days of old". It's essentially East-vs-West.

For those who don't mind being smushed, elbowed, and stepped on, I heard there was fan dancing and a sword contest. I'm not tall or brave enough to know for sure.

What I do know is D and I cut some rope for ourselves at the end. It's supposed to bring good luck and fortune. We'll have to see.

crazy amount of people in the crowd

I love this shot.

cutting some rope to take home

he's so handsome

kimono sightings make me happy
oki street food...which also makes me happy
our view from the train. adios, naha!

Another wonderful adventure.

xo, katie

Boracay Bound: Welcome home, Douglas!

Douglas came home from Afghanistan at the end of the summer. 

It was possibly the best day of my life. I love that guy. I like having him around.

To celebrate his return, we decided to take a little vacation to Boracay, Philippines.
  After many months apart, we finally were able to relax, rest, and reconnect

The island is lush, green, warm, and welcoming. It's hard not to fall a little bit in love with Boracay. We caught ourselves saying more than a few times how we wish we could just stay there forever. Wouldn't that be lovely? 

 And the beach? Don't get me started. The ocean is a piercing shade of blue and practically beckons you to come swim, explore, and take a smallish nap or two on the soft white sand.

We were professional vacationers. We sunbathed, ate amazing food, napped, read books, swam, snorkeled, and had an overall excellent week. 

off we go!

we finally arrived!

some much needed r&r


leaving boracay sad

 It was a wonderful adventure.

xo, katie