What was Guam like? :0
I was only 7 last time I lived there, but I enjoyed it! It was very tropical rainforesty outside the base, but on the base was all manicured grass and more coconut trees than you could ever want. My favorite features were the wildlife - there were cute brown geckos that would come inside the house and hide on the ceiling, and scaly lime-green lizards that liked to hide in bushes outside in groups of at least 5. They would bite my fingers but their teeth weren’t that sharp so it didn’t hurt. I was the best lizard-catcher of my peers and my mom always says all the neighborhood boys came to our house to try to get me to teach them how. My mom didn’t let me try to catch the monitor lizard that came by one time though… he was as big as I was. And the coconut crab could have easily chopped our fingers off.
The snakes on Guam were venomous, so those were off-limits too. (Thanks Australia). They were simply called “Brown Tree Snakes” and were non-native immigrants from Australia that had snuck on a plane once and come over, multiplied exponentially due to a lack of natural predators, and completely wiped out the bird population (they would climb the trees and eat the eggs out of the nests). Last I heard, the Guamanians were starting to get them under control though, so that is good.
Yeah Guam was a fun place. Every day brought both sunshine and a rain shower, so it was very green. Apparently it was also very humid, but I don’t remember the temperature. The ocean was clear and warm, and it felt like you could walk out to sea for nearly a mile without the water coming above your waist. And there were starfish and stuff too in the water :)
The native population were Chamorro, and they had the best barbecues, and you could expect them to be punctually 90 minutes late to any event. They loved singing and being social and gave no respect to the construct of time whatsoever.
The typhoons were pretty intense, you could expect even cars to be thrown around sometimes. We shuttered up inside the house for what felt like days without power, but were always prepared because we had plenty of heads-up. Once or twice the eye of the storm came right over us, so everyone would go outside and play in the wreckage for a couple hours in completely calm and sunny weather, knowing we were still in the center of the storm.
I’m really glad I had the experience to live there, even if it was only for less than two years.