Category Archives: Sanya

Sunny Sanya

Weekend trip to Sanya, the touristy area of Hainan! It’s the Hawaii of China, but beaches and sunshine come at a price! (Spoiler: my nose ends up looking like Rudolph’s.)

Friday, July 4th, 1:14pm

Today after lunch, Euca casually mentioned to me, “This weekend, we’ll go on another trip! Two days this time, and we’ll come back on Sunday.” It definitely took me by surprise. I knew that Euca had wanted to visit the beach in Sanya while her twin sister, Nana, was visiting from the States, but I had no idea that we would leave so quickly. That’s two weekends in a row, now – not that I’m complaining. Euca really does spoil me.

Friday, July 4th, 6:27pm

Two hours into our drive to Sanya, and I think I’m finally done with sleeping in the car. When I woke up, I didn’t recognize the dark shapes on the horizon, and I thought they were just really dark clouds until I realized that they were actually mountains. You don’t get those in Iowa. There’s also a crater near here that keeps this part of the island hot year round which would come in handy during the winter at ISU.

Friday, July 4th, 8:35pm

This is so beyond perfect. I never dreamed I’d be spending my 4th of July swinging on a hammock strung up between two palm trees on the beach. I’m listening to the music from the live band playing at the restaurant next to the ocean, I can hear crashing of waves in the background, and when I look up, I can see the stars. I love it. Continue reading Sunny Sanya


Beaches! Sand! Ocean!

I’m whisked away for a weekend getaway! I travel with Euca and her brother’s family to an island resort. This is the life!

Saturday, June 28th, 1:49pm

It’s been a pretty crazy morning. Euca had told me last night that her brother and his friends were going to a new resort, and she said that we could come along, too.

After I woke up a bit late, I rushed to get ready for the trip. Euca, Evelyn, and I carpooled with Euca’s brother and three of his children. Euca and the kids all piled into the back seat while I rode in front, and for being so close together for that amount of time, I’d say that the kids were pretty well behaved. I can’t remember how my sisters and I were at their age (seven, five, and two and a half), but I’m pretty sure by the end of the ride, we would have been yelling, too.


Once we got to the fancy hotel (with ocean views), we waited around a bit before learning that our rooms weren’t prepared yet. So we all piled back into the car and drove over to a seafood restaurant. All of Euca’s brother’s friends had brought along their families, so the entire restaurant was filled with young children running around and playing.

I ate at the women and children’s table, and while I didn’t try any of the more exotic looking seafood dishes (one of the plates had tentacles on it, and that’s where I draw the line) I did really enjoy the food. I sat quietly while the women traded mom stories (or at least that’s what I’m assuming they were talking about), and when they found out that I could only speak English, there was a brief discussion on how hard the language was, and then they moved on. It was kind of refreshing.

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