Travel Blogs from Northern Mariana Isl.

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Warm Tropics and Hot Topics, Saipan (and Hiroshima again), Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Warm Tropics and Hot Topics

A travel blog entry by kitch_in_japan

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... the official language of Saipan is English, its currency the US Dollar and, while domestically independent as part of the Northern Mariana Islands, it devolves foreign and defence policy to Washington. Yet everywhere you care to look, and even many ...

Flying to the Hard Rock Café, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Flying to the Hard Rock Café

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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... cafe.aspx?LocationID=77&MIBEnumID=3   Saipan is the largest island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 15 tropical islands belonging to the Marianas archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean with ...

Surfing in Saipan!, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Surfing in Saipan!

A travel blog entry by moss1823

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Backing up to before the year started Marcia took us around to the Japanese and Korean memorials, which were located near the last stand the Japanese had during the war. We walked in and out of the different caves that the Japanese had posted in as the ...

Near Death Not Once But Thrice, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Near Death Not Once But Thrice

A travel blog entry by moss1823

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The past couple days have been extremely exciting full of food, puppies, cuts, scrapes, and lots of adrenaline. Near death is maybe an exaggeration, but broken limbs, concussions, and deep gashes were extremely possible! Far from death we started our ...

A very memorable Christmas, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

A very memorable Christmas

A travel blog entry by moss1823

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Our days were dwindling in Cairns, so we decided to make the most of it. Melissa and I each decided to treat each other to surprise gifts that had extremes in outcomes. After treating me to dinner Melissa wandered around until we hit a ticket booth and ...

Sapian, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Sapian

A travel blog entry by ahartry

In the morning we went and had breakfast. When we finished eating Ardie and I got out suits on and went swimming in the pool. We met a girl whose name is Amy. She was about five years old. Mom and Dad had gone out and when they came back Mom taught me ...

Guam to Saipan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Guam to Saipan

A travel blog entry by ahartry

It was a comfortable night. I woke up and Ardie wasn't feeling at all good so we packed up and took Ardie to a medical center and Dad and I went looking for some books. We drove around and everyone wasn't open. When we got back Ardie was still waiting ...

Saipan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Saipan

A travel blog entry by n6tk

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... so there's very little sand beach and few palm trees.  What it does have is history.  Firstly, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has the same ties to the U.S. as Puerto Rico, this being the last of its many ties to other countries. It ...

Saipan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Saipan

A travel blog entry by ahartry

In the morning, when we were about to leave, the wife of the family and the three kids came over and talked to us. When they left, we started out. We stopped for breakfast at the Hotel Hafa Adia. After breakfast we looked into the shop there and Ardie ...

Scuba Diving, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Scuba Diving

A travel blog entry by srvance

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Suka and I got off to a typically slow weekend start. We decided to go scuba diving. We had more of the pork spare ribs for breakfast. Once we were out of the apartment, we went to the post office on the regular check for communication from Immigration. ...

Sunday's Recreation, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Sunday's Recreation

A travel blog entry by srvance

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This morning we went to Coffee Care for breakfast and had a wonderful Wahoo Hash on our way to go hiking. We decided to go explore the area around where I came out of the boonies previously. We drove out to the end of Wireless Ridge and walked out to ...

Saipan Again!, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Saipan Again!

A travel blog entry by srvance

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We got to Saipan a little early. Immigration, luggage claim, and customs were a breeze. Suka was waiting for me. We're back in the usual apartment from previous trips. The power in Saipan is reliable these days. CUC rented some new generators from a ...

Full and Sleepy, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Full and Sleepy

A travel blog entry by srvance

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Uneventful days since the caving. I got my upgrade notification for the Minneapolis-Boston leg of my return on Monday. I also got an e-mail from Northwest with six system-wide one-way upgrade vouchers. Suka will definitely come to the States in first ...

Dinner Party Day, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Dinner Party Day

A travel blog entry by srvance

So today was all about relaxing and preparing for the dinner party at Alan's and Stephanie's. I started off making Suka "queen for the morning" (her words) by making breakfast and cleaning up while she sat around reading. I cooked pancakes, sausage ...

Back in My Wife's Arms!, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Back in My Wife's Arms!

A travel blog entry by srvance

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We landed on time. Apparently the turbulence I experienced approaching Japan, on the Narita-Nagoya flight, and leaving Japan was pretty widespread. The immigration official told me that several people from the Philippines on the flight in front of me had ...

Fighting Jet Lag with Hashing, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Fighting Jet Lag with Hashing

A travel blog entry by srvance

What better to fight jet lag than outdoor exercise, right? That was my thinking when I arranged for Wolf to pick me up for the Hash. I saw a bunch of old friends at the Bank of Guam. We started the run up on Tapochau in Chuck Jordan's coffee farm. It ...

Birthday Evening, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Birthday Evening

A travel blog entry by srvance

A couple things I forgot, first. On Wednesday, Gwansanim, the church leader of Judy's church that we went to lunch with the Sunday I arrived, invited us to lunch at Coco, a steak place in Garapan with pretty good lunch specials. That was nice. Also, ...

Making Korean Dumplings, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Making Korean Dumplings

A travel blog entry by srvance

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Thursday we went to the street market. It was very quiet, at least relative to how I've seen it in the past. The economy here is having troubles. Java Joe's is actually hurting from the fact that there is reliable power again. They would get a continual ...

Dinner and a Movie, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Dinner and a Movie

A travel blog entry by srvance

Once we left Rose's, we stopped by Suka's friend Lin's house. Lin is Suka's replacement at Global. They have known each other for a long time. He has been part of her computer support assistance, as well. Lin and his wife just recently had a baby. The ...

Day Off for Discovery, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Day Off for Discovery

A travel blog entry by srvance

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So the problems at The MathWorks were pretty serious. A circuit breaker blew out in the data center. No one realized until then that it was a single point of failure. They shut down everything in the data center overnight to do emergency electrical work. ...

Weekend Entertainment, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Weekend Entertainment

A travel blog entry by srvance

A couple of the guys I see in the coffee shop pretty regularly were very excited by the news that a Russian supermodel pageant was on island. Actually, they were excited by the prospect of meeting Russian supermodels. They were admiring the promotional ...

Getting Into the Routine, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Getting Into the Routine

A travel blog entry by srvance

I haven't written much because there hasn't been much noteworthy. It has been nice that Suka has mornings off. Sometimes we hike. Sometimes we just watch DVDs and have a leisurely breakfast. She needs to be at work by 1:00. Sometimes she gets there by ...

Flying to Narita, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Flying to Narita

A travel blog entry by srvance

Things went smoothly. I even got to the airport a little early, just barely beating three buses of tourists. I got my upgrade to Japan. I was notified a few days ago about the upgrade from Minneapolis to Boston. The long flight will be in the hands of ...

Days in the Life, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Days in the Life

A travel blog entry by srvance

Monday we got off to a slow start. At 11:30 we went to the wedding luncheon at the Aqua Resort, where we had our reception, for Merycris, a staff member at Java Joe's, and Gerone. In the evening we went for a nice walk most of the way up to Garapan and ...

A Break in the Weekday Routine, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

A Break in the Weekday Routine

A travel blog entry by srvance

Friday morning we went to the CNMI Treasury to pick up Suka's 2007 tax refund. Yes, that's 2007. Because of a lack of money, the CNMI wasn't giving tax refunds for a couple of years. Only an influx of money under dispute from the U.S. federal government ...

Where We're At, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Where We're At

A travel blog entry by srvance

So here's a little catch up on the immigration status for those who don't know. The application in December included the Adjustment of Status that will convert someone on US soil to a different status, in our case a conditional spouse-based Green ...

Sunday Brunch, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Sunday Brunch

A travel blog entry by srvance

We lounged around in the morning watching Sex and the City. Later in the morning, Suka's friend Judy called to invite us to lunch with her church group. Before lunch we went to a well-reputed coffee shop (as opposed to a coffee shop of ill repute?). I ...

The Hash, Of Course!, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

The Hash, Of Course!

A travel blog entry by srvance

Suka was going to try to arrange to work in the morning so she could Hash in the afternoon. Unfortunately, once she realized it was the end of the month, she had to be there to do the end of month change over of inventory, pricing, etc. I suggested, and ...

Caving, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

Caving

A travel blog entry by srvance

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Monday was pretty uneventful. The most notable thing was that I ran into the guy I talked about caving with last week and we agreed to do it Tuesday. Oh, and in my evening work session I had a "Mocha Blast" that kept me awake until 3:30 a.m. As a ...

New Food, Saipan, Northern Mariana Isl. travel blog

New Food

A travel blog entry by srvance

I'm getting adjusted to the time. Yesterday I felt pretty good. Today I feel totally on. Last night we went to see "Eagle Eye" after a dinner of Costco hot dogs. Costco also sells hard boiled eggs, so Suka had one of those, too. The movie was very ...

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