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July 16, 2011

And now for something completely different…

We like to go out for a walk most every evening – either on the beach or on the broad pathways lining Pale San Vitores – the main street of Tumon Bay.

Our apartment complex is between the Fiesta and the Holiday resort on the above map.  The evening these photos were taken, we decided to head towards the Hilton – the hotel on the far left.  The most developed part of Tumon is down by the Westin and the Outrigger; we’d had our fill of tourists and figured it was time for a reprieve.

In prior essays, we’ve focused the lens of the experience on specific topics – this time we’re going to give you a feel for what it’s like to walk in our shoes.

Guam business can be quite the hodgepodge of goods and services – this is a convenience store across from the Fiesta Resort.  There is absolutely nothing about this store that’s American, but shhhh…don’t tell the tourists that!

Massage parlours abound.

This is a vary Asian thing – I’ve seen them in Saipan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, etc.  And no – I’m not inquiring about happy endings.

It seems like wherever there are servicemen, there are places like this:

A sad demise for a place which used to be a higher-end restaurant.


I get a kick out of the next place…

The #1 claim, while true, does not tell the whole story.  You see, they’re the only jerk BBQ joint on the island!

I can’t figure out this next business – nor am I going in to try.

Yes.  The first part of the walk is an assault on one’s senses – but – this is Guam.

What do I mean by that?  Well, the next few pics taken a few hundred yards down the road tell the story.

No – not lilac.

Flame trees.

And tropical flowers we couldn’t identify.

Very, very beautiful foliage.

We ended up at the Hilton, where traffic comes to a dead standstill for this.

It’s uniquely Guam to bomb along at high speeds and come to a dead stop for a speedbump.  I have no idea why.

The view from the Hilton was both lovely and serene.The combination of elevation, foliage and short chop made us feel as if we were in a lakeside restaurant in Northern Michigan around our anniversary, as opposed to a hotel lounge halfway around the world.

So there you have it – a very broad range of experiences in a mile!  Hope you enjoyed the walk – we did!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Gary Sadler permalink
    July 17, 2011 8:33 pm

    I want to know who makes all those little “open” signs like in your photo of the Island Spice Spa. Those little signs grow like weeds in every strip mall, restaurant, bar and Island Spice Spa in the world. Someone must be making a fortune on those things. Hay, I wonder if “Closed” signs would sell.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 17, 2011 8:55 pm

      They’re cheap-assed chinese signs. There’s a little pull cord on the bottom of the sign to swap it from OPEN to CLOSED – except the islanders forget to pull the cord. So – some stores are always open, others are perpetually closed. The spa was closed as we walked by, as I recall.

      Further down, we attempted to go to dinner at a place which was OPEN – and the hours on their sign indicated they were. We walked in – Nope! not ready to serve dinner yet. This is common on islands; something to do with island time. It can be very frustrating to a mainlander, but we’re used to it.

  2. Len Bloom permalink
    July 18, 2011 5:34 pm

    IMHO, the change from Tony Roma’s to adult entertainment is an upgrade, and that’s coming from someone who has no desire to step foot in an adult entertainment establishment. I guess that’s the small business person (restaurant owner) talking.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 18, 2011 5:41 pm

      Len –

      I get that. If you check TripAdvisor on Guam – Three of the top ten restaurants are Outback, Ruby Tuesday’s and Taco Bell. The place is short of good food.

      Meanwhile – Tony Roma’s moved a block down the street and has a line out the door until 9:30 every night. For some reason, Japanese equate Tony Roma’s with the quintessential American dining experience.

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