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Back from Guam

We had way too many rainy days, but still got to enjoy the beach before we left…

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The water was amazingly clear and the visibility was even greater than here in the Philippines…

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We snorkeled a lot, and even got to stalk an octopus while he swam from spot to spot, changing colors in less than a second!  So much fun!  We saw another octopus the following day, but he was staying put in his hole, only coming out for a peek.

Sadly, I didn’t want to swim holding the camera the whole time, so there are no pictures of any octopus, but I did take a couple of pictures of pretty fish!  And there were so many!  And so many different types (way more than these pictures show)! 

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And of course, let’s not forget one of the highlights of the trip, that out of pure coincidence, Margaret, who I haven’t seen since I left DC in April, was in Guam for work and staying in the same hotel we were!  We only had one day overlap, but it was awesome going out for drinks with her and then stuffing our faces with Brazilian BBQ (the last time she had Brazilian BBQ was with me in Rio, a year ago!).

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Ah, yeah, and that whole citizenship thing…  Now I’m officially an American Citizen!  Luckily they have no problems with me also being a Brazilian and a Portuguese citizen (my mom is Portuguese), so I’ll have a collection of passports, even though unless I’m entering Brazil, I have to travel with my US passport from now on (as a Brazilian citizen I’m not allowed to enter Brazil with anything but my Brazilian passport).

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We didn’t do much exploring in the island due to the ridiculous amount of rain we encountered.  We actually drove a loop around the island once, then it started to rain, then storm, you could barely see a thing, so even though we probably passed lots of cool historical sites, we stayed in the shelter of our car…

We did go back to The Beach, this amazing new bar right on the beach.  It would totally be my hang out if we were to ever live in Guam.

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And we enjoyed an amazing sunset while at The Beach.

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Though our night there got cut short when it started pouring again.

After spending another day snorkeling, we went over to Jeff’s Pirates Cove for lunch, before heading back to the airport.  The food wasn’t the greatest, but it was a neat place to chill. 

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Karl even got to enjoy a couple of beers while waiting for our flight!

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I loved Guam!  I would never have gone if it wasn’t for the citizenship test, but I’m so happy that circumstances put us there, and that Karl was able to take time off and go with me too!  We had a blast, even with the rain.

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Quick update from Guam!

Citizenship test went fine (I was worried for no reason, super easy!), and as of tomorrow, 12:30pm, I will be an US Citizen!

Bad sucky news:  no one told me it rained so much in Guam!!!  So no beaches for us yet.  It’s also much cooler here than in Manila, specially with the rain (I wish I had a sweater!).

Also, k-mart wasn’t as exciting as I expected:  no crystal cat litter, no canned pumpkin, not much xmas decoration, but we did some damage on our bank account nonetheless.  Yesterday we were eating sharp cheddar cheese slices in the car, and it hurt my tongue – hurt SO good, that is!

Awesome news?  I got to see my friend Margaret, that I missed so much since we left in April, and she had exciting news of her own!  We caught up drinking margaritas and eating Brazilian BBQ.  Yum!

Fingers crossed for sunny days from now on!  The more it rains the more we shopped out of lack of things to do…

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In Guam!

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!

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Why Guam?

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…

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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!

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