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That’s Guawesome

August 20, 2010

Hafa adai, everybody! [That’s “hello” in Chamorro]

We got here on August 9 and have been running around since then trying to reorganize our lives. It’s been hectic and complicated, but we’ve had amazing luck. Like, we get to live here:


The backyard and view of the back:

It’s a duplex. Like almost all of the buildings here, it’s made of concrete to withstand typhoons. Even the awnings are concrete. The best part about this place though, is that we’re a two-minute walk from this beach:

And the sun wasn’t even shining when I took those pictures. It’s gorgeous. We just moved in yesterday. The crates full of our belongings won’t get here for another ten days, at which point the intense nesting will start, but in the mean time we have water, electricity, fast internet, a phone, a rice cooker and some furniture. It’s great!

One of the most wonderful things that I’ve noticed since getting here is how nice people are. So nice that they’d be considered a little crazy in California, I think. An example: John and I were at the bank to open an account and the banker gave us her personal cell phone number, “for if you guys have any issues with the wire transfer, or if you just get lost driving around and need directions, or whatever.”

Another: John’s colleague in the Sociology department went out of his way and basically found our new home for us. It’s off the beaten path and we never would have found it on our own. And it’s awesome. And cheap. And the landlords are wonderful.

Another: After we moved in yesterday, our next door neighbor stopped by and brought us a gift basket (!) with a bottle of wine in it (!!) and then asked if we needed anything. A futon to sleep on? Bedding? Pillows? Towels? Pots and pans? Oh, and she had an extra vacuum cleaner and how about some lamps? Because the overhead lights are functional, but don’t we want softer mood lighting, to better enjoy our bottle of wine?

And if you’re one of those folks (Elizabest) who’s worried about the weather here: It is the rainy season (until December), but  there aren’t thunderstorms 24 hours a day like the iPhone weather app would have you believe. I’ve seen thunder and lightning once since being here. There are rain showers most afternoons, but they usually pass quickly. Still, bring an umbrella when you visit!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. sabrina griffith permalink
    August 21, 2010 2:01 pm

    babe i love you guys! wow your guawesome. great house so jealous of the location by that beach, swim extra for me.i am a gonna need your address i have things to send you in paradise, including the brand new soon to be released first Cloacas album!!!!!!dude grow avocados and keep up the blog so we can all revel in your new life hahaha.
    ah on the side im afraid i have sad news Vickers the Bastard Gringo has left this earth . he died after a show in his sleep of natural causes on the 13th.would it werent so and would i could tell you in person and not by typing but i figured you would want to know.im sad to say i dont know the natural cause or any other details.light a candle spill a 40 send the love to the sky.
    otherwise life is moving and alright keep us posted about your new adventure .i love you xoxox S. Faba Amoris

  2. Warren permalink
    June 18, 2011 12:28 pm

    Alyssa, I think I’m finally at the beginning of your Guam entries. Let me just say that I’m very jealous. I’ve always been a big fan of islands. There’s just something about being surrounded by water on all sides for me, particularly when it’s a relatively small island. Sounds like you and John are having a blast. I love the pics and the stories – the writing is a lot of fun to read.

    I’ll try to be a better blog-checker-inner from now on!

    • arlemonbar permalink*
      June 20, 2011 9:36 am

      Thanks so much, Warren! You and Heya should totally come visit and you can get your island-lifestyle fix. It really is a tropical paradise.

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