Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Little Background on Our Little Island*

Before we get too far into sharing our actual Guam adventures, we should provide some background information on the island and its people.  While we have shared some details with many of you (mostly the ones about the supposedly omnipresent brown tree snakes and giant coconut crabs), there is more to Guam than just pesky wildlife.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Guam Road Trip Part 1: The South

On Sunday, we drove around the southern part of the island.  We intended to drive around the entire island, but between a late start and stopping at as many of the overlooks, historic sites, beaches, and parks as we happened to notice, we were lucky to make it around the southern half in 5 hours.  Just driving, it might take 90-120 minutes (the low speed limit of 35 and the windy roads are a big reason, as it isn't that far).

We intend to further explore most of these villages, beaches, parks, and ruins later.  For now, pictures!  We have added links to some of them for more information, just so you don't have to go to google or wikipedia.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Family Words

A:  "Our family words, eh? How about, 'cleanliness is next to Godliness' or 'all's well that ends well?"
N:  "Oh! I've got it!  'never buy stuff from a single male, without first inspecting it"
A:  ", 'clorox all the things'!"
N:  "Hmm...lets keep thinking about this..."

Those who have read George RR Martin's magnificent series "A Song of Ice and Fire" (better known by the title of the first book and the HBO series "A Game of Thrones") know the concept of "family words."  The protagonist Stark family's creed is "Winter Is Coming."  The mighty Lannisters, represented by lions, are known by their words "Here Me Roar" (and better still by their unofficial words "A Lannister Always Pays His Debts").  The dragon-riding Targaryens live by "Fire and Blood."  (You should note that this is nearly identical to the Salvation Army's motto of "Blood and Fire."  Probably best not to think too much about that.).  After the first few days here, we have come up with a few ideas for ours.*

Friday, September 7, 2012

Going, Going, Guam

 That vague outline of green above the wing through the haze is Guam.
After this picture, we were forced to turn off the camera...lame.
It is an old saying and one we’ve heard our entire lives:  if it seems too good to be true…. well you know the rest. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, let’s begin at the beginning…..

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know that we are currently in Guam.  Last spring, Nick was offered a job as a law clerk for the Supreme Court in Guam, a U.S. Territory in the Pacific Ocean, near the Philippines and Indonesia.  After months of planning, preparation, waiting, moving, and farewell visits, we began our adventure on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.