I recently had the privilege of heading back to California to see two of my good friends get married in the month of October (thank you, you two for getting married in the same month - made travel easy for me! #coordination) I was only planning on one month but for those of you who don't know, I was diagnosed with skin cancer for a small mole on my shoulder. The Dr.'s in Okinawa suggested I fly back to the US as soon as possible to have the skin removed and a lymph node tested to be sure it had not spread. Spoiler alert - everything turned out fine and I was taken care of by some of the best surgeons and dermatologists at UCSF (thank you!). Fun reminder: Get your skin checked! Use sunscreen! BUT, all of this meant that I got to spend 2 whole months in the states instead of just 1! #moretimewithfriendsandfamily
Since I was leaving for the states earlier than expected, I was able to jump on my first space-A flight from Japan back to California. Space A is essentially unused seats on a military plane that you can reserve according to priority. It took 3 days to get back to the US from Japan with stops in both Guam and Honolulu, but all in all - the 3 flights weren't bad at all and were quite an experience. The first two flights I was on one of the biggest aircrafts - this meant our seats were on the upper deck, no windows, and facing backwards (what?!) And on my final flight from Hawaii to California - I literally had a fire truck in the plane that I was sitting about 10 ft from on the fold down seats on the side of the aircraft. Quite an experience indeed...
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!