Yuka’s Past Travels

Yuka here. I would like to dedicate this blog post on past travels I have done. Before I start, I would like to first list places I’ve traveled!

Japan, Korea, Hawaii/USA, Cambodia and the UK. Since the USA is big, the states I’ve been to are, MA, CT, NY, CA, and IL.

Out of the places I’ve travelled to, I would have to say my most memorable journey was to Cambodia and Okinawa, Japan. I am not saying that I had the best experiences at these two places, as every journey provided me with different wonders and excitement, but out of all the places I’ve been to, my journey to Cambodia and Okinawa, Japan helped me change as a person, in a good way.

Cambodia

I traveled to Cambodia to go help build a school in a rural area of Cambodia called Pursat. It was an amazing experience which I will never ever forget. I was able to see with my bare eyes with what a third world country was like and to understand how they lived and what they really needed in their lives. The children from Pursat Province came to help us build a school and I have never felt so welcomed in my life before. Even if I were a complete stranger to them, they would grab my hand and would hug me and would make headbands out of flowers for me to wear. They were really sweet and the local people other than the children were also so welcoming and nice. If I were to choose a place right now to visit, I would choose to visit Pursat, Cambodia to meet them all again.

Plus…Cambodia is a country full of rich culture. The Angkor Wat was amazing. Who knew people back in the year 1125 could build such an amazing, immense temple?

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If you are to travel to Cambodia, I request you to study their history. Especially the time when Cambodia was under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. I think it was a civil war that was never meant to happen. Many lives were lost (brutally in many cases) because of the rules made by the Communist Party of Kampuchea…such as to kill people who were educated (like doctors) so that a classless society would be formed where no rich people existed. I recommend a book called “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung. Loung Ung was still very young when the civil war was happening and this book illustrates the civil war with great detail to understand the situation of the war better.

Okinawa, Japan

I just love Okinawa, and when I say Okinawa, I specifically mean the island of Miyako-Jima Why that island? let me explain below…

Miyakojima:
It’s a very small island (you can go around the island in about an hour by car) and it has the best ocean ever.

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Other than the transparent ocean with many colorful ┬ásea creatures moving around, I love the Shimojishima Airport they have there. It’s an airport where they train pilots and when the plane departs or lands for training, there is a place where you (tourists) can stand underneath the plane….and the view is amazing. For those of you who did not understand what I meant, here is a picture….

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See? the plane flies right above your head! The moment I saw the plane flying over my head, I knew I wanted a job that was somehow related to aircrafts. I could stay there for hours and would still be amazed every time I saw a plane fly over head. Yes, airplanes are cool.

Otherwise, I loved Taketomijima Island. Why? Because they only have one traffic light on their island. How cool is that?

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Yuka