Hopefully by the time you read this, I have safely landed in Guam, and am just a couple of hours from enjoying some of Guam’s beautiful beaches!
If all goes well, I should be arriving in Guam a Brazilian citizen, and leaving as an American citizen (luckily I will not lose my Brazilian OR my Portuguese citizenship with this – citizen of the world, anyone?). My naturalization test is on Thursday, and I’m actually pretty nervous about it, so send some good vibes my way!
Now the other thing I’m super-duper-excited about, aside from Guam’s amazing beaches? Believe it or not, this…
I miss my beloved Target so freaking much here (I miss the days I could walk into one store and get everything I need), that I’ll take a visit to its less-exciting cousin any day! I already have big plans for it, hoping to find crystal cat litter, my favorite deodorant, canned pumpkin, Monster Lo-Carb drinks, Christmas decoration… I know I won’t find everything I need (after all, it’s still located in Guam, so I’m sure like every island it runs out of things here and there), but we’re bringing empty suitcases with us, just in case!
And I almost peed my pants when I found out there’s a proper Brazilian BBQ place in Guam! (Nothing can be found here in Manila, aside from a small place in the Fort that came with very bad reviews from my Brazilian friends.) Eat my weight in meat? YES, PLEASE!
Oh, and if k-mart has cheese, I can see myself just taking a bite out of a chunk of cheddar and calling it breakfast… I miss cheese… (Full disclosure: you CAN find cheese in Manila, but the prices are so exorbitant – say 10 bucks for a little bit of cheddar, even more for more exciting cheese – that I refuse to buy any.)
I also dearly miss driving (not bumper to bumper traffic driving, but actually stepping on the gas for a bit without needing to slam on the brakes), that I’m sad my VA driver’s license is expired and I won’t be able to take the wheel of our rental car.
The only sucky thing about going to Guam? My friend Tessa lived there for 3 years (THREE YEARS, PEOPLE!) and she just left it a couple of months ago. Boo!
Update: After I wrote this, I found out my friend Margaret (who has been featured here before, we ran many long runs together in DC) is going to be in Guam until Thursday!!! We have a one day overlap and I’m so super excited! We’ve skyped a few times, but I haven’t seen her since April!