HAFA ADAI *~ Greetings from GUAM, USA
Hello Fellow "Challenge of Travel" Blog Hoppers.
Welcome to my little corner of Oceania...Guam.
When I signed up to participate in Erin & Marcie's blog hop I knew I couldn't leave my choice to chance when I had such a wealth of inspiration at my fingertips.
As a Navy family we have the lucky chance to travel all over the world. Five years ago our family packed up and moved to the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a fabulous adventure.
As I was thinking about inspiration for my piece I realized there is more to say about this place than I can put in one blog post. So I will sum it up into two broad adjectives.
COLOR & WARMTH
Color~ Well, if you glance at the pictures below you have a feast of color. Purples, reds, oranges and pinks. Rich deep greens and the more shades of blue and turquoise than you can imagine.
Warmth~ not just of the tropical climate but of the people living there. The native Chammoro's are incredibly hospitable and the other military families there became our family too.
A quick discussion about the collage pictures and why I chose them to represent my Guam.
Top Row (2-5) Spectacular Ocean views
6. Blue Sea Star Fish
7. LATTE Stone, 4 of these would form the footings of an ancient Chamorro dwelling. They are an iconic symbol on the island.
8. Chicken Kelaguen~ a native dish found at every gathering
9. Handmade Blue Sea Star Greeting cards, the beginnings of my TTE DESIGNS.
10. Chicken fights are common & legal but this sign should be against the law! LOL
11. Brown Tree Snake, everyone asks about them, this is the only live one I ever saw.
12-13. Hibiscus and Plumeria along with wild orchids and bougainvillea grew all over my yard.
14-17. Without a doubt the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life!
(*Pronounced --- HAAF-A-DAY)
Without further ado here is my inspiration piece. This was tough, I reworked it several times. WIth so much inspiration & so many things to incorporate I was afraid it would take on a tacky quality so I edited & re-edited until it became quire simple and rustic.
I feel like I left out so many beautiful things, but really how can
one necklace encompass an entire territory?One final funny anecdote. When we first arrived on island I saw these signs all over the place. TUBA?? What on earth is that? Guam must have one heck of a marching band.
A few weeks later I had the opportunity to taste TUBA. That's right, it's the 'white lightening' of Guam, made from the nectar of the coconut palm tree.
If you want to learn more about this little paradise check out the following:
Official information http://www.guam.gov
Visitors Guide http://www.visitguam.org/
Thanks to Erin & Marcie for hosting.
I thank you for taking the time to stop by today, it means a lot to me.