Sunday, June 29, 2008

Yunessun Spa in Hakone

Oh a spa, sounds exotic, right? Well this place is exotic, that's for sure! I realize we've only been here since the end of March, but I think we may have visited the weirdest, most interesting Japan has to offer; it certainly is the strangest place we've been to so far. I have never seen or heard of anything like it. Yunessun is a hot springs/bath spa resort in Hakone. The kids thought the this was the coolest thing ever, and I have to agree. I feel bad going out, seeing new things and exploring Japan without Bob here, but if we want to experience Japan and see what it has to offer, I've got to suck it up and do it myself...and with the kids of course. The way I see it, we can explore, and if there's something we like and want to do it again with Bob we can. That's the beauty of meeting people here, especially wives whose husband work with Bob. That way they're gone at the same time and we develop a great support system. I had it on the USS Rhode Island, and again on the USS Los Angeles. A little inspiring, huh? Okay, maybe not, but it's true!

Anyway, we ventured 2 1/2 hours away to the Yunessun Spa yesterday. We went as a group with MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation), and took a bus ride up there. The bus picked us up at 6:30 and we arrived at Yunessun around 9:45 am. We drove along the coast on route 134 and stopped at a rest area for 30 minutes along the way. No need to stop that long, but it wasn't exactly up to me! In the ladies' restroom there were about 10-12 Japanese style toilets (the ones in the floor that you squat over) and two Eastern style toilets. Phew! I got nervous walking around in circles looking for a normal toilet! There were all kinds of vending machines, and a small food counter and seating area. I ordered some kind of salmon thing. It was a rice ball about the size of a baseball covered in seaweed with salmon in the middle. The fish was raw and it was so good, but pretty salty. Best part about it was that it was only ¥100, or about $1. I also found Blue Hawaii Pepsi. Yup, literally blue carbonated Pepsi. The label says it's pineapple and lemon flavor, but I don't taste much of either. I'm drinking a bottle of it right now, and it tastes like something that came out of the smoothie machine at 7-11. Thinking about it, a little bit of rum in here would probably do the trick!

Once we got closer to the spa my ears started popping. We were going uphill and it got steep and very twisty and curvy. I had to look out the window and try not to get nauseous. It was such a pretty ride there, and it was so nice being able to look out the window and not concentrate on driving. If it wasn't cloudy, we would have had a great view of Mt. Fuji.

There were two family spas: Yutopia is the one we spent our time at. The other Mori No Yu, is the traditional Japanese onsen. The first thing we did was the "Gara rufa" fish bath. The treatment and the fish were imported from Turkey where people deep all their body inside the water to be treated. We waited in line for about 20 minutes, then washed our feet in the Turkish Hamman. Then we sat around a pool, put our feet in and the fish would eat the dead skin off of our feet. Pretty creepy and gross sounding, but it was such a neat experience. They're so close I can trap them between two toes without fear of retribution. I can control what areas they concentrate on eating by flexing just the right muscle. If I move, they follow instantly. If I lift my foot from the surface of the water, they strive to gorge themselves until the last possible second. There was even a lingering ticklish feeling walking away. Here's a picture of my feet, and I'm glad I polished my nails the night before! There are a lot more pictures in my Shutterfly album too. The girls' legs weren't long enough to submerge into the water, which they were perfectly happy with. As soon as our feet went into the water the fish swarmed. I'm not a fan of swimming with fish at all, so I really put on a brave front to do this. Hey, it makes for neat pictures, right?! The treatment lasted for only three minutes and it went quickly.

A buffet lunch was included in our ticket price ($61 for me, $40 for Keanna and $35 for Sydney). Outside the restaurant was this sign...can't help but laugh at another example of Engrish. There was a mix of Japanese and American food. Fries, Chicken Nuggets, and Ketchup to Sushi, Japanese meatballs, and fried rice. There was water and green tea (hot) included, but soda (or "Cora" as it's called here) was an additional charge. For dessert there was a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, fruit and a Japanese puff ball....they looked and tasted just like the cream puffs my mom buys at Sam's in the freezer section.

This was on the floor, and there was no map nearby, so the "You are here" doesn't help much! After a satisfying lunch we walked around looking for the theme baths. They had an area with waterfalls and a small waterslide, but we didn't do this part since we were more interested in the baths, and the girls were too small for most of it. They did have a keiki (sorry, that's the Hawaiian coming out in me) kid area, but the girls were easily persuaded away when I told them we were going to a purple and green pool. We came back inside, walked to the other side and then headed outside. First thing we saw was the coffee bath. It smelled so good, and the water was brown. Keanna asked why it was dirty, and also commented that it smelled like "Nana's coffee." My mom makes coffee every morning, and apparently that stuck out in Keanna's memory!

After that we went up a small flight of steps to the wine bath. A huge wood bottle of wine was built to have "wine" pour out into the bath. This bath smelled goodand was pretty reddish purple color. I immediately thought of my mom and sisters since they love red wine, and Brenda and Anna Marie too (two wives from Bob's last sub). I'm not a wine person myself, well, not with a cork anyway. Give me a $4 screw-top bottle of wine and I'm happy! As Susan says, it's like grown up Kool Aid!

Next we enjoyed the Green Tea bath that was separated into one large bath with a waterfall and two Japanese tea cups and a small bath with a teapot pouring "green tea" into the bath. Keanna liked to walk over the bridge and look at everyone swimming. Apparently they use green tea grown in the Hakone mountains. It contains Catechin, a powerful anti-oxidant that enhances the immune system and is also good for the skin. This was favorite bath without a doubt. The smell was great, the temperature was perfect and it was shallow enough for the girls to walk around and not be held. I told Brenda I was going to use my green tea teabags from Costco and do this at home! Yeah, it'd probably take all 100 of them if not more, but I will find a way!!!

After that we did the sake bath which was very hot, Brenda went to the charcoal bath while Bri, Keanna, Sydney and I went to one of the rock baths. We made our rounds, stopped in the coffee bath again and then made our way back inside for a snack. We were very hot and feeling a little dehydrated, we had some shave ice. Nothing like the shave ice in Hawaii, but it did the trick! We felt much better, and then made our way to the Roman bath. I think the girls enjoyed this one the best since there was a train going around in a case. There was even an attendant dressed as a conductor!

After that we headed back to the locker room to change and get ready to go. Oh, forgot to mention the neat way we were able to pay for stuff. Instead of carrying around a wallet or change purse, you are issued a RFID enabled wrist band at check-in for use during the day. At the locker room you can use your wrist band to open and lock your locker, and change in to your bathing suit. Then anything you want to purchase is done through the bracelet. I took a picture of the little block that sits on counters.
We had an incredible day, and slept the entire ride home. Was it worth it? Yup! Would I go back? Without a doubt. Only next time I'd go during the week and without the kids. They behaved and had fun, but I'd like to go back with Bob and enjoy the day. There's a hotel there as well, and apparently it's traditional Japanese. Sleeping on straw mats and having rice and fish for breakfast. Maybe we can do that, who knows, but I'd be happy spending the day there and exploring some more.
Brenda and Bri, thanks so much for a wonderful and memorable time yesterday. Keanna's asking to go back, and asked if we could go again tomorrow! Yeah, I don't think so!
To see the rest of the pictures go to my Shutterfly album by clicking here.

Lastly, and I thought this was a riot, Reuters has a list of the Top 10 Weird Actives from Around the World, and Yunessun made the list!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shopping Field Trip

Happy Birthday, Lisa!!!

I'll get to our day in a second, but first wanted to share our new toy. I ordered a Joovy Ultra-light stroller a couple of weeks ago and it arrived yesterday. I had to assemble it, and it doesn't look that bad, but I got very frustrated very quickly. Bob normally does stuff like this, but obviously I don't have a choice! I called Shari in Virginia, and she read the instructions while I was attempting to put this thing together. Yes, I had the manual, but I just couldn't concentrate on reading and figuring out what went where. But anyways, thanks Shari for your patience with me last night!

We had such a good time today shopping at a new store. We went to a store called Jusco up in Yokohama (a few blocks from Costco) with our new friends, Julie and Noah. It was kind of like a mall and Jusco was the department store in there. The play area was amazing like you'll see, and our favorite part was the massage chair section! There really was only one massage chair, but the other gadgets were a hoot! The kids had a blast, and I did too. There was a store called White Rabbit that caters to pregnant women and kids. They sold "Engrish" shirts in there...shirts printed in English but with Japanese translation. I took pictures of some on the hangers and pictures of the ones I bought for the kids. You can see the rest of the pictures in my Shutterfly album. People wear stuff like this because it's in English, but they still have no idea what it means.

We found another Kit Kat flavor, Very Berry, and all different kinds of Pringles chips. Click on the pictures to enlarge them, and you'll get a more detailed view of the packaging. I have a few more pictures of the different kinds of Pringles in my Shutterfly album. Flavors we found include: Grilled Tomato, Winter Cheese Fondue, French Consumme, Itialian Pizza, Swiss Cheese Flavor, Spanish Salsa Pizza, Light Style Salsa and Keema Curry.

Julie has lived in Okinawa before, so she is a bit more familiar with the language. We ate lunch and it was nice being able to have someone sort-of translate the menu for me! As you'll see, the kids loved looking at the train display, and playing with the little video game. I looked to see if they had one for sale, but they didn't. Next time I go I'll be brave enough to ask...or at least point if the person working doesn't speak English. They had beetles for sale as pets too. I asked Julie if it was meant as food for a bigger animal, but nope, she said they're sold as pets. Maybe I can make a trade-off with Bob. I can get one of those $948 toilet seats with all the fancy amenities, and he can get a beetle pet.

Thanks so much to Julie and Noah for a fun day. Now we've gotta look into a baseball game!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Out and About

It's been drizzly, raining and at some points absolutely pouring over the last few days. I heard last June it rained all but four days, so when we woke up this morning and saw the sun with blue sky, I knew we had to do something outside. The Wii helps with cabin fever, no doubt about it, but I'm about out of finger paint, so perfect timing for a sunny day!

Every time I drive to the base I pass a small spot with hydrangea bushes. For you local readers, or Dave and Mayumi, it's on 24 just after the toll road entrance on the right. Over the past week or two they've bloomed and look absolutely beautiful. They're so full of flowers, and the blooms are huge! It's a stretch on a main road, so pulling over to snap some pictures isn't an option. My mom has a few hydrangeas in the yard, and she does a great job of maintaining and pruning them from year to year. But I have never seen such large flowers, or bushes so full like this before! Mom, you think it's the salt air? We're about 10 minutes from the beach, so I'm not sure if that's what helps them along or not.

The last few times I've driven that way I've paid close attention to a parking lot or side street. Well today I got the courage up to navigate off the main road, and found a small side street to park on. We walked down a small hill and onto the sidewalk with the flowers. The girls couldn't believe it. Keanna wanted to pick them and put them in the vase with the flowers I already have. No, not flowers from Bob, but weeds from the front yard that the girls so lovingly picked for me; they're in a shot glass on top of the stove. I explained that these wouldn't exactly fit in the "vase" with the other flowers, and that we couldn't pick these since they're not in our yard. I'm assuming they're on city land, and the last thing we need is to get into any type of trouble. They're very strict here, and the crime rate is incredibly low. So as beautiful as those flowers were, there was no way we were picking even one. Sydney picked up a couple off the ground, but they weren't the snowball, just small buds. I took a lot of pictures of the girls out there, and the rest can be seen in my online album.

After our short walk, we went to Maruetsu. It's a store with 3 levels...the basement is a grocery store, main level has clothing, cosmetics and shoes, and the top floor is stationary, a little play area for kids, books/magazines and a small sewing section. Which, by the way, I'm still on the hunt for straight pins. The NEX is always out, and the ones today had the colored ends on them. I need plain ones so I can hang the girls' wooden letters in their rooms! Anyway, getting back on track, we've been in there once before with Bob, so at least I knew where to park. That's half the battle after all! It's on the same road as the hydrangeas, but it has a parking garage off a side street. I've never seen such a small parking area...well, maybe Aloha Tower in Honolulu, but this one is a match or a very close second. I think it feels smaller because the ceiling is so low. You have to get a ticket when you pull in, and thank goodness there's a green light blinking. I hit that, and sure enough the ticket popped out. They validate parking, so I knew to bring the ticket in with us. Now on the way out, all I had to do was stick the ticket in the slot. Thankfully I didn't owe anything, and knew I wouldn't. But look at this thing! Not a word of English on it! Oh, forgot to mention that there's a recording on both machines. It's a woman talking...I'm guessing she's saying "Press the button and bring your ticket in for validation," but who knows. And on the way out the same voice said something including "Arigato," so she thanked me for something!

We browsed around inside the store for a little bit, and I couldn't help but chuckle at the shopping cart. It's a small one, just like the others I've seen here, but this one had a child's seat in the front! Sydney wanted in right away, then she got bored and Keanna wanted a turn. Sydney was too big for it...I mean, she fit just fine, but her legs hung low. Keanna on the other hand was moving the thing on her own.

Lately Keanna's favorite book as been The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and she instantly recognized the cover. Keanna wanted to know why it looked different, so I explained that since we live in a different country and the people here speak a different language, the way they write is different too. She's familiar with them talking different from us, but hasn't noticed, or at least said anything, about seeing it.

The grocery store is always my favorite part about shopping out in town. I checked for Kit Kats, and they had White and Green Tea. Already have those in my collection, so was able to keep on walking down the candy isle. We passed an interesting product though, Calpis Milk. You thinking what I'm thinking? "Cow piss?" Yumm, appetizing, huh?! And in the cookie isle I found Elise cookies. My sister spells her name "Elyse," but I thought this was a neat find.

On the way home I drove the same way I also do, only today I got stuck at a red light in front of a little corner market. I don't think it's even considered a market since it's so tiny, but anyway, I snapped a couple of pictures, and love the expression on the woman's face. I was able to zoom and crop it in the Shutterfly album, so you can see it better there, but she must work or own the place since she has an apron on. The next time I'm out and it's not raining, I'm going to find a place to park and go there. If worse comes to worse I can park in the Maruetsu garage and figure out how to pay!!! I drove by a car dealership too, sorry Uncle Bruce, not Honda! I man in a suit came out into my lane a little bit and put his hand up asking me to stop. I did, wasn't sure if he was crossing or not. When I came to a complete stop he bowed to me. Then he waved out a white Toyota Crown. He bowed a couple of times to the car as it was driving away, then again to me. I figured a guy just bought a car and was taking it off the lot. But it was kind of neat, being bowed to like that. I waved at him and nodded my head in return, then he bowed again at me! We were no more than 10' away from each other and we had made eye contact.

Lastly, the kids each got a treat of their choice today since they behaved so well and didn't drive me crazy. Keanna was so happy to get her ice cream cone. It's not actual ice cream, but it's a wafer cone with sort of a sweet cake in there. I think they're gross, but she loves them. Sydney wanted me to take her picture after Keanna asked, and the expression on Sydney's face is priceless. When I was filtering through today's pictures I saw it and instantly thought of a picture of her from a couple of years ago. I don't know how I remembered this certain photo, but it just clicked. She just has a look of pure disgust on her face, and I can't help but chuckle and shake my head.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

SCUBA Divin' Bob

I'm keeping you in the loop about what I'm doing with the kids, but ever wonder what he's been up to? Yes, he's sailing the high seas, but recently had a port call in Guam for a few days. A liberty port call at that...he's never had one of those before. The one they were supposed to have when he was on the submarine deployment last year was cancelled, but anyways...

He went diving with Deb who lives in Guam and gave him his diving certification last year. We know Deb and her husband from Kings Bay...met back in 2001. We've kept in touch through the years, and while the Navy took us to Hawaii, it brought them to Guam. They love it there, and that's great, because when Bob's in Guam he drives Ashley's car (now truck), and when Ashley was in Hawaii last spring and summer he drove Bob's car since Bob was away on deployment. As my mom always says, "One hand washes the other," and that's a perfect example of it.

Bob and Deb went diving and she took some pictures. Last year when Ashley bought her a camera for taking pictures under water he had it sent to our house in Hawaii to help pull off the surprise. Anyways, Deb took a few pictures of Bob, and this one's my favorite. The girls love seeing it as the wallpaper on my laptop too.

He met up with Terri and Bill too. They're friends of ours from Hawaii....Bill made Warrant Officer last year and I took pictures at the ceremony. They gave me a beautiful gold chain and gold pineapple charm as a thank you. Totally unnecessary, but boy is it pretty! Speaking of that, Courtney, I will burn you a CD and mail it to you. I haven't figured out how to zip them up yet.

They had Bob over for dinner, and apparently Bill made a great batch of crème brûlée after the BBQ dinner. When Bill was in Japan last month for about a week, we had him over for dinner one night. Bob made steaks and then Banana's Foster. The night before Bill and Terri left Hawaii for Guam we had them over and Bob made that for all of us. Holy cow it was so good. So maybe that'll be a new tradition for us? We have them over with bananas foster, and they have us for crème brûlée! Whatta ya think, guys?

So thanks Deb and Ashley for being so kind and accommodating, and to Terri and Bill too for feeding my husband one awesome meal, and for making him feel like a member of your family, if only for one evening!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Beachin' It

We made our first trip to Zushi Beach today with Brenda and her daughter Brianna. Brenda's husband works with Bob, and we've really hit it off. She makes me a little less sad not having Shari, Dawn and Susan around...of course we can't chat sitting in my carport with mango iced tea, overlooking the Waianae Mountains, but eh, she'll do!!! Nah, I'm just kidding. We clicked, and I'm happy to say I've made a new friend. I know what you're thinking, "Awww, how sweet!" We actually met at the Navy Lodge, she was the first person I met. She and her family arrived a couple of months before us, and they also lived in the Lodge for about three months. So we really lucked out only being there three weeks.

Anyway, there I go getting side tracked again. The beach is about 10 minutes from our house, and it's pretty safe to say that this will be a usual hang out for us here. We weren't at the beach that much in Hawaii, and when we did go it was usually to Ko Olina or Hickam Beach. Well this beach is a far cry from Hawaiian beaches, but the sandbar is great, parking is convenient and the best part today was the company! We packed a lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and were wind-blown while watching the kids play.

It's a hot spot for wind surfers as the bay picks up some fairly decent breeze. Today wasn't quite breezy, it was flat out windy. According to the weather report I looked at before hitting "submit," winds were steady at 10-20 mph today; it blew so strong the sand stung when it hit us. The kids weren't bothered too much by it since they spent so much time in the water. Keanna found a starfish, and Bri was loading up on hermit crabs. Keanna followed her everywhere, and Sydney, of course, was in tow.

We parked in a lot across the street from the beach and walked a block or two before we found an entrance to the sand. In the parking lot is a stairwell to go to the beach, so the location was perfect. We didn't know that until after we got back to the car, but at least we know for next time! Where we were today was right next to the restaurant we ate at last week during our walking tour of Zushi.

Before Keanna and Sydney got brave enough to venture into the water they were building sandcastles and digging holes. While doing that, a woman came up to them and was making conversation. I asked Keanna what the story was after we got home, and she told me that Sydney said, "Konnichiwa" to her, so she knelt down and started to talking to them. Keanna said, "I didn't know what she said, so I say 'Konnichiwa' and 'Arigato' mom." I couldn't help but laugh, and my guess is since the girls said "Good Afternoon" to her, she must have assumed they spoke Japanese. Looks like it's time for another "Don't talk to strangers" chat!

I took 296 pictures today and narrowed it down to less than half of that. I've included some in this entry, but if you want to see the rest click here. We really did have a good time today...even if we came home with sand in areas we didn't know we had.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Bob, To the World You Are a Father, To Us You Are the World

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there! And to those of you with dads or husbands deployed this Father's Day, I'm thinking of you! Bob's out to sea yet again on Father's Day, but we wanted to try to make it special for him. We all colored these signs and the girls were so excited to be in a picture just for him. Ya know, anyone an be a father, but it takes a really special guy to be a daddy. Every night Keanna and Sydney ask to kiss Daddy's picture, and over the last week Keanna has started sleeping with the picture in the frame. It's so sweet to see when I check on them before I go to bed. Sydney hasn't asked for her own picture, so I think Keanna snags it off their night stand after Sydney's asleep!

A driving force behind the establishment of the integration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, the
anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA, at the Spokane YMCA.

Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

Everything Dad By Joanna Fuchs

A little girl needs her daddy / To love her with manly charm, / To soothe her when she’s hurt, / And keep her safe from harm.

A girl needs her dad / To show her a man who’s good, o help her make right choices, / As only a father could.

A woman needs her father / Just to be aware, / He’ll always be there for her / To sustain her and to care.

You’ve been all these things, Dad. / I hope that you can see / How much I treasure you; / You mean everything to me.

To Jack, Bob's father, and the best father-in-law a girl could ask for, hope you have a happy Father's Day tomorrow!

And last, but most certainly not least, I want to wish my daddy a Happy Father's Day!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's Tea Time

I've wanted to write about this for a little while, and think now's as good a time as any since I really don't have anything interesting to write about.

I'm not going to bore you with facts and statistics of green tea, don’t worry. But it does taste good, especially with a little bit of sugar. And tomorrow I'm going to make freshed brewed iced tea with it.

When we went to Costco a few weeks ago I bought a large package of green tea....100 bags of them to be exact. I've had a cup here and there and it's really good. But the best part about it, and this is what I had to share with you....the tea bag holder! It's designed to sit and rest on the edge of the mug. How neat is that?! Ya know, it's the little things that never cease to amaze me, and this is a perfect example of one. I've never seen this before, so if you have please tell me by leaving a comment. Right about now Bob's rolling his eyes, Sandy's shaking her head, Susan's saying, "See Rex, we should go there to visit them!" and Shari's thinking to herself, "I told Duke I loved it there when I went to visit him on a port call on the OLY!"

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Our Town

We live in U.S. Navy housing in a town called Zushi. The town has about 60,000 people in it, and today I saw a part of it I haven't yet. I've only seen routes 24 and 16 between Yokosuka (the main base) and Ikego, so only one small section of town. We went on a walking tour of Zushi today. But like anything run by the Navy, it began with a brief! So yes, even though the service members weren't there, we had to sit through it. We learned about our neighborhood and resources available to us though, so it was useful information. The girls weren't overly thrilled to sit in a room for 45 minutes, but they did well under the circumstances. Every Tuesday Fleet and Family Support organizes the Walking Tour of Zushi. You've got to sign up ahead of time, and since the weather looked promising, I signed up Monday.
After our brief we headed out with a small group to begin our adventure. I'll include some pictures, but others can be seen by clicking here. We had a Japanese tour guide from the Zushi Japan-America Society, and he brought along some other members too. All were so sweet and kind, and one woman really took to Keanna. She wanted to hold her hand, and Keanna was all for it. I had grabbed my double jogging stroller to bring, but they wouldn't let me bring it since the roadways and sidewalks are so narrow. I ended up bringing the umbrella stroller and Keanna walked a good part of the day. My friend Myra, and her daughter, Katie shared their stroller, so Keanna got a break once in a while. We met at the Navy Lodge...she moved here one week before us.

We walked about 30 minutes into the center of town and shopping district, Zushi Ginza, and didn't get home until after 4 pm! We saw fish markets, farmers markets, a bakery, Zushi Beach and went into a grocery store. It was wonderful, we had our own personal tour guides! One gentleman, he's wearing the "Chicago" tshirt, bought everyone a loaf of bread at the bakery. We ate lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant. No shoes, no chairs. The kids loved it! The pictures really will speak for themselves so I won't write much. So glad we went, had a wonderful time, and would like to do it again when Bob's home. Of course we could go and walk around on our own, but I loved the experience of doing it with a group. We met new people and truly had a wonderful day. And besides, who wouldn't want to go shopping and eat at a restaurant with their own personal translators?!

Oh, speaking of restaurant, since there are no shoes allowed, there are slide shoes to wear in the bathroom. Thankfully the bathroom door had the baby changing picture on it, otherwise I would have walked into the men's room. And the highlight of my day was the last part, finding banana Kit Kats!