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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lovin' the good ole U S of A!!

I have to admit...I did not know Guam was even a real place, let alone a US Territory until about 6 months ago. If it was mentioned in one of my grade school history books, I missed that page.
As kids, we used to joke about "It's not like I am moving to Guam...", meaning that I am not going that far. We said this without the knowledge of what or where Guam was. It was a metaphor, for all we knew. I asked Mike if he had this same joke as a kid...he did now and his History books were not-so-surprisingly superior to mine (as it always is with Mike) and he did know about Guam.

Well, with all of that out of the way, Mike and I vacationed in Guam a few weeks ago and it was actually a real place, only about 5 hours from Korea and a very nice tropical island. We had planned on a trip to Japan, but unfortunately the effects of the earthquake and tsunami made us change our plans. So, in a last minute effort to find another vacation spot, Guam popped up. The most appealing part of Guam was...it is a US Territory. Who knew? It is like the lost land over there.

Some great shots of the beaches in Guam...













Guam is part of Micronesia (no, that is not those Micro-mini cars with the commercial where the guy talks really, really fast). Micronesia is in an area between Hawaii and Japan, basically. That is the best I can describe it. Guam is next to the Marianna Islands, which includes Saipan. Note cool history here: Saipan is where the plane carrying the second nuclear bomb took off from.

Guam was originally founded by Magellan for Spain and was under Spanish rule for a long, long time. The Japanese invaded and Guam became a center of the War in the Pacific during WWII. And there are lots of War Memorials to remember the fallen soldiers there.

A few remnants of the Spanish rule of the island for many years.


 Even some beautiful Spanish architecture left...


WWII Memorials...



One of the 2-man submarines used by the Japanese in the War in the Pacific.


A War Memorial Park and the picture on the right is an actual bunker built on the side of the ocean by the Japanese, left from WWII.




Luau at our hotel




We didn't forget to taste the local brew...

View of the Beach from our hotel...


And...my two favorite pictures from the vacation...



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